BMA supports single UK-wide GP contract

The BMA has called for the single UK-wide GP contract to be maintained.

Delegates at the Annual Representatives' Meeting in Cardiff backed GP Dr Arnie McDowell, speaking on behalf of the Northern Ireland (Southern) division.

He believed that the UK-wide GP should be maintained ‘in spite of the divergence of health systems.’

Dr McDowell said: ‘UK-wide GP contracts have served patients in the four countries well and should be maintained.’

Speaking against, consultant Lewis Morrison warned that committing to a UK-wide contract would tie the hands of GP negotiators in the future.

‘As it reads it potentially ties the hands of the negotiators in the four countries. It rules out even the possibility of change to a non-UK or a devolved nation specific contract.’

However GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman disagreed.

‘We’re allowed to have beliefs and we’re saying what should be. That doesn’t tie my hands at all. We should continue with our belief, we should have a UK-wide contract.’

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