The GPC needs to recognise the significance of the role of PCTs, and of NHS Employers as their representative body, in negotiations about the GMS contract (‘GPC negotiators threaten to boycott NHS Employers’, GP, 20 April).
NHS Employers is responsible for negotiations with the GPC over the GMS contract. That will continue to be the position as the health minister has recently made clear to the GPC. This is the right arrangement in the new NHS.
The GPC chose to walk away from negotiations this year when there was the opportunity to have a negotiated agreement that would have delivered benefits to primary care and to GPs. It calculated that it would do better out of the Review Body and this ultimately backfired.
The GPC might wish to turn the clock back but we really should be moving the debate forward, to focus on what I believe we are all committed to, the future development of the contract.
This would be a more productive discussion for GPs, PCTs and, ultimately, primary care.
Deputy director, NHS Employers