GPs demand practice income is protected from commissioning

Three quarters of GPs want the GPC to reject any bid to plunder existing practice income to fund 'quality premiums' for successful commissioners, a poll for GP newspaper shows.

But the survey, in partnership with the Family Doctor Association (FDA), found that 47% of respondents remain unsure if the DoH’s commissioning plans are an opportunity or a threat for the profession.

Many of the 315 GPs surveyed are concerned that the additional workload will not be adequately resourced.

Under a fifth (17%) of respondents are confident that commissioning will lead to a better patient experience in the NHS, with many more (41%) concerned that quality of care will become more varied.

More than half (55%) fear the reforms jeopardise GPs’ autonomy and independent contractor status.

More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents wanted the GPC to hold a ballot to decide whether to embrace or oppose the reforms.

The survey also showed that only a fifth of GPs think the White Paper will improve the NHS.

Only a fifth of GPs think the White Paper will improve the NHSOnly a fifth of GPs think the White Paper will improve the NHS

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