72% of GPs back call for fewer contracts

Almost three quarters of GPs think the range of contracts for general practice should be cut, an exclusive GP survey reveals.

GP exclusive - 72% of GPs back call for fewer contracts
GP exclusive - 72% of GPs back call for fewer contracts

Most of the 72 per cent said fewer options would make contract negotiations easier and increase fairness.

GMS is the most popular contract option with 99 per cent of those who want fewer options saying it should be retained.

More than 35 per cent said APMS should continue, but only 26 per cent wanted to keep PMS.

A fifth said PCTMS - the contract option for PCT-run practices - should remain, and only 9 per cent backed specialist PMS (SPMS). SPMS is a form of PMS contract under which the practice is not expected to deliver a full range of essential services.

More than 80 per cent of GPs said that PMS practices should be entitled to MPIG top-ups to core pay if they returned to GMS.

GPs who wanted to keep the existing range of contract options cited flexibility and stability as the key reasons.

GPs overwhelmingly supported retaining a UK-wide GP contract, with more than 79 per cent favouring this option. A total of 86 GPs took part in the survey.

Support for reducing contract options echoes the view of GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, who said last year that practices should only be offered GMS or APMS contracts (GPC chairman calls for the end of PMS - GP, 1 December 2006).

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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