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20th January 2020

GPC England Meeting

And GP Contract Update


GPC England met yesterday where the majority of the day was spent discussing the GP contract negotiation proposals, including a package of proposed changes to the current contract. GPC England voted not to accept the proposed contract agreement with NHS England and NHS Improvement, condemned the draft Primary Care Networks service specifications and called for a Special Conference of English LMCs to allow GP to debate and consider the outcome of contract negotiations once they are concluded.

The feedback about the draft specifications issued by NHSEI has been overwhelmingly negative, with practices, PCN clinical directors, LMCs and local and national bodies all raising concerns about levels of workload involved and recruitment of additional staff, and together giving a clear message that these proposals were not achievable.

We have now returned to negotiations with NHSEI with a clear mandate to secure a deal that truly benefits and safeguards general practice, family doctors and their patients. We are planning an additional GPC England meeting in the next few weeks to consider the position. Read the full statement that we have issued here:

https://www.bma.org.uk/news/media-centre/press-releases/2020/january/bma-gp-committee-england-votes-down-contract-package-and-calls-special-conference

The next GPC UK meeting will take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 in Cardiff, Wales.