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.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from shielded patient list, deputy CMO suggests

Most children could be removed from the shielded patient list in a future wave of...

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide some care for shielded patients in clinical settings, NHS England confirms

GPs can provide care to shielded patients in 'infection-controlled clinical settings'...

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

A project in Staffordshire has shown how practices can make use of digital technology...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

Fair death-in-service deal for locums vital before second COVID-19 wave, warns BMA

The government must do ‘the right thing’ and secure adequate death-in-service benefits...

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP workload fears over antibody testing rollout for 'no clinical benefit'

GP practices are being contacted by patients asking for antibody tests as the government...