'Poor delivery' of GP contract scrutinised

The GP contract faces scrutiny by the same team that last week reported that the NHS consultant contract had rewarded the same or less work with a pay rise of 27 per cent.

Investigators from the National Audit Office (NAO) are conducting a pay modernisation study of the GMS contract in the wake of concerns that it has not delivered value for money to the NHS.

The investigation is likely to follow the model used by the NAO to examine the consultant's contract.

Some 6,000 consultants - almost one in five of the workforce - were asked 38 questions about factual issues, such as hours and duties, as well as open questions about unhappiness with the old contract.

The NAO is also expected to ask for the views of primary care organisation (PCO) chief executives, medical directors and finance directors and to interview staff from PCOs and SHAs, following the methods used in the consultant contract survey.

Results of the GP contract investigation are expected by the end of the year, the NAO said.

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