GPC consults profession ahead of 2014/15 contract talks

The GPC has launched a poll to assess the profession's morale and workload ahead of negotiations on changes to the GP contract in 2014/15.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul: survey will influence contract talks
Dr Chaand Nagpaul: survey will influence contract talks

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul has pledged to press for the 'removal of elements of the QOF that do not benefit patients, the removal of bureaucratic and non-evidence based demands on our time and to reduce our workload to manageable levels'.

The poll aims to strengthen his arguments, asking GPs whether workload has increased or decreased in the past year, and whether morale has improved or worsened.

It asks whether QOF changes introduced in 2013/14 have increased 'bureaucracy and box ticking' or reduced time for other work and whether higher QOF thresholds will improve patient care.

The value of directed enhanced services (DESs) added in the 2013/14 contract is also questioned, with GPs invited to say whether they believe DESs incentivising risk profiling, dementia support and other work are beneficial.

A GP magazine poll recently found 77% of GPs said their stress levels had risen in the past 12 months.

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