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GPs have voted in favour of the proposed new contract for general practice in Scotland.

At a special meeting of Local Medical Committees organised by the BMA to discuss the new contract, delegates voted on a number of aspects, as follows:

  • the contract framework addresses the issue of sustainability of funding – 84% agreed/strongly agreed and 7% disagreed/strongly disagreed;
  • the contract framework addresses the issue of risk for GPs and GP practices – 79% agreed/strongly agreed and 11% disagreed/strongly disagreed;
  • the contract framework will address the issue of (and improve) the attractiveness of general practice – 79% agreed/strongly agreed and 11% disagreed/strongly disagreed;
  • the contract framework addresses the issue of unsustainable workload – 85% agreed/strongly agreed and 4% disagreed/strongly disagreed.

Key elements of the new contract which had been flagged up by the BMA when the proposals were announced in mid -November included:

  • a change to the funding formula and additional resources, starting in April 2018, so that practices with higher workloads are given more support but the income of every practice is protected;
  • funding to significantly reduce the risks to GP partners from providing their own premises making it easier to attract new partners;
  • the groundwork for guaranteed GP income and direct reimbursement of expenses in the future.

After the LMC meeting, Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the BMA’s Scottish GP committee, said: “I am delighted that LMC representatives have such confidence in the proposed contract. We need to adopt new ways of working and this contract sets us in a new direction. I truly believe that this contract will help deliver a sustainable future for general practice in Scotland.

“The poll of the profession opens next Thursday [December 7] and I hope that all GPs and GP trainees in Scotland will register to take part and make their views known.”

Link:
BMA announcement       
Today’s GP coverage of the proposed new GP contract announcement     

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