GPC launches poll on revised GMS contract

All UK GPs will receive an email from GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman this week detailing the DoH offer at the centre of the contract negotiation dispute.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

A newsletter for distribution among patients, explaining the value of GPs and the position they are in, will also be attached.

The GPC has rejected the DoH quality framework offer because it will adversely affect the care of the most needy patients. But with the only alternative being a tougher imposed deal, the GPC plans to poll all UK GPs on their views over the proposal in the coming weeks.

Under the current DoH offer, 58.5 quality points will be removed from holistic care, organisational and patient experience domains and devoted to extended hours and access.

Additionally, £158 million from the access and choice and booking directed enhanced services (DESs), which are due to end in March 2008, will be used to fund extended hours.

For this money, the DoH wants GPs to work an extra 30 minutes per 1,000 patients per week.

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