GPC confident of agreement on GP contract reform

The GPC is confident it can come to a ‘shared agreement' with the coalition government on contract reforms.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey (pictured), responding to the coalition's pledge to renegotiate the contract, said it was still unclear how ‘significant' the changes to the contract would be.

‘We've had renegotiations of the contract over the last six years so we're used to that,' said Dr Vautrey.

‘They have not said how significant these changes will be but clearly they will want to look at how GPs will have a greater role in commissioning, which we believe they should.

‘I'm sure there are areas where we can work together to come to a shared agreement.'

The coalition's Programme for Government also pledge to incentivise GPs to improve access. Dr Vautrey said any mechanism of funding ‘has to be long term'.

‘There have been various schemes in the past like deprivation payments and golden handshakes. But we need to find a mechanism that is workable and long term. You can't entice people to work in certain areas if it is a short term arrangement.'

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