GPs believe government will enforce contract changes

Almost four-fifths of GPs (77%) believe the government will enforce contract change rather than reach mutual agreement, according to a poll of conference delegates.

Best Practice show: Speakers include Professor Field, Mr Britnell and Dr Baker.

A total of 83% of respondents believed changes to GP contracts were highly likely ahead of the Best Practice event in Birmingham, which takes place tomorrow and Thursday.

Only 12% of GPs surveyed believed they could take on and manage the commissioning of primary care from hospitals to GP surgeries whilst maintaining the same level of quality and safety.

A total of 49% felt the NHS could produce an additional 10,000 GPs in the UK by 2020. More than half (56%) were confident they could take on elderly conditions such as dementia under the new reforms.

A total of 78% felt GPs felt they could function as commissioners, regardless of directorships or shares held in private companies.

Speakers at the event are scheduled to include Professor Steve Field, new chief inspector of general practice, KPMG's Mark Britnell and next RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker.

Inside Commissioning editor Neil Durham, also GP's acting editor, will be at the CSU innovation pavilion and Sarah Wild, associate editor of Medeconomics, will also be at the event.

A total of 68 GPs and healthcare professionals took part in the survey.

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