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GP Contract Changes 2017/18

Important Message to all GPs in England on changes to the GP contract for 2017/18, from the Chair of the GPC, Dr Chaand Nagpaul

"Dear Colleague,

I am writing to let you know that the BMA GPs committee (GPC) England has concluded negotiations and reached agreement with NHS Employers on changes to the GP contract for 2017/18. In line with policy from the 2016 LMC conference, the views of GPs including through our survey of the profession, our aim in these contract negotiations has been to:

  •  provide stability to GMS/PMS contracts where possible
  •  secure much needed funding to address GP practice expenses and increase core resources
  •  tackle unnecessary bureaucratic workload, which takes vital time away from clinical care for our patients.

We have fought hard for changes which we believe offer significant improvements to the contract and will benefit and better support GPs and practice teams

While we welcome the positives secured in this agreement, the crisis facing general practice cannot be solved by such contractual revisions alone, and which is largely a result of wider pressures outside our contract - with soaring demand, a critical shortage of GPs, inadequate NHS funding, excessive regulatory and bureaucratic burdens, and unresourced and inappropriate workload shift.

We have therefore been in parallel discussions with NHS England and the Department of Health on tackling these wider issues, through ensuring that NHS England honours its commitments in the General Practice Forward View, as well as those we are taking forward through our Urgent Prescription."


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