GPs voice workload fears at first BMA contract roadshow

Rising workload topped a list of concerns voiced by hundreds of GPs at the first of a series of BMA roadshows on GMS contract reforms.

Dr Alan McDevitt: workload concerns remain despite improved Scottish contract deal
Dr Alan McDevitt: workload concerns remain despite improved Scottish contract deal

A total of 350 GPs attended the first of the UK-wide BMA roadshows in Glasgow on Monday, led by GPC Scotland chairman Dr Alan McDevitt.

Dr McDevitt said GPs in Scotland were relieved that the contract deal agreed with the Scottish government meant they would avoid some reforms the government plans to impose in England.

But he warned that most GPs in Scotland did not want to see a breakaway Scottish GP contract.

‘People were careful of that,’ he said. ‘Most were supportive of the deal when faced with the imposition in England.

‘We have always had a small minority [that has called for a separate Scottish GP contract] but the majority are more thoughtful.'

He added: ‘Although we think it is a good deal for Scotland’s GPs, many people are concerned about workload.’

The BMA has asked GPs in England whether they plan to quit the NHS over contract changes the DH is proposing to implement, and has urged them to take part in a consultation on the plans.

Further contract roadshows are taking place across the UK in the coming weeks.

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