The final BMA response to a consultation on the contract overhaul reveals that 88% of GPs believe ‘they personally will be less able to offer good quality care to their patients as a result of this imposition’.
Findings from a BMA poll also show that more than half of GPs (54%) believe their practice would have to reduce patient access if the contract changes go ahead.
A total of 82% of practices said they would be forced to make changes to staff working hours or employment. At BMA contract roadshows across the UK, 22% of GPs said they would be forced to make clinical staff redundant, and 35% said they would have to lay off administrative staff.
A total of 48% said they would not replace clinical staff who leave, and 65% said they would not replace administrative staff.
More than half predicted they would have to freeze recruitment of both clinical and administrative staff.
The BMA response said: ‘We expect decreasing morale, increasing stress and falling practice funding, to have a real impact on both recruitment and retention in general practice.’
Huge numbers of GPs said their morale would suffer:
- 91% said they felt they would be less able to manage their workload.
- 97% said they believed that general practice would become more stressful for them.
- 89% said that these proposals made them less enthusiastic about general practice as a career.
- 87% said they were less likely to recommend general practice as a career for new doctors.
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