New GPC chairman spells out 2014/15 GMS contract negotiating tactics

Recently elected GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul has spelt out his GMS contract negotiating tactics in his first letter to the profession

Dr Nagpaul: 'GPC will argue for the removal of elements of the QOF that do not benefit patients.' Pic: Jason Heath Lancy
Dr Nagpaul: 'GPC will argue for the removal of elements of the QOF that do not benefit patients.' Pic: Jason Heath Lancy

All GPs in England will shortly be emailed a brief survey to provide the GPC with a snapshot of workload pressures caused by the contract imposition to support early talks.

In the autumn the GPC will publish an outline vision of how it thinks general practice could be developed to enable it to provide solutions to many of the challenges facing the NHS.

Dr Nagpaul writes: 'We will be seeking your input to hone this document into a blueprint for our future. I want to restore the pride and sense of vocation that drew us to become GPs, to ensure we can provide the best care for our patients and that general practice remains a rewarding and attractive career option.'

The letter also explains the GPC's negotiating stance. It says: 'With 2014/15 contract negotiations just about to get underway, GPC will argue for the removal of elements of the QOF that do not benefit patients, the removal of bureaucratic and non-evidence based demands on our time and to reduce our workload to manageable levels.'

The letter adds that a significant expansion of general practice premises, GPs, practice nurses and other staff is needed. It continues: 'We need to persuade the government of the value of this 'invest to save' strategy, confident that a modest investment in general practice will deliver far greater cost efficiencies for the NHS as a whole.'

* Editorial - A scaled-back QOF would cut GP stress

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