Sessional GP voice to be bolstered, says GPC

The GPC is to introduce a raft of reforms aimed at bolstering the voice of sessional GPs, it has been revealed.

Dr Weeks said the reforms would address the concerns of sessional GPs
Dr Weeks said the reforms would address the concerns of sessional GPs

In a report from the GPC Sessional GPs Working Group, a series of changes were revealed, which the GPC believes will ‘provide a real impetus for change'.

Among the reforms, the GPC said it would delegate authority to the Sessional GPs Subcommittee (SGPS) to ensure that sessional GP representatives act on matters primarily relating to sessional GPs.

The report also outlined that the size of SGPS will be doubled to 16 members, and that a SGPS executive committee will be formed, which will meet regularly with the GPC negotiating team.

Four permanent seats on the GPC will also be created for the SGPS executive committee, the GPC said.

It also outlined that new guidance for LMCs will be created to ensure sessional GPs are adequately represented locally.  

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘I believe the recommendations will provide a real impetus for change, allowing sessional GPs to have a greater voice at every level in the profession, whether it is locally with LMCs or nationally through their strengthened voice in GPC.'

Dr Vicky Weeks, chair of the GPC Sessional GPs Subcommittee, said: ‘We believe these reforms will address the concerns of sessional GPs, but they are by no means the end of the process.

‘As part of the continuing work of the Sessional GPs Subcommittee we are going to keep under review how these changes work in practice.'

She added: ‘It is vitally important that sessional GPs take advantage of these developments and get involved.'

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