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10-01-2013 | General practice | Article

BMA rallies GPs on contract, pensions


BMA GP contract information

medwireNews: GP leaders are urging GPs to respond to the Department of Health's consultation on contract changes, warning that the proposals will lead to a major increase in workload and significant funding cuts.

BMA GPC Chair Dr Laurence Buckman has written to GPs to explain their concerns, and to urge grassroots GPs to get themselves informed and make sure their views are registered.

"With your help, we will seek to ensure that GPs get their voice heard by ministers about what these changes mean in reality for GPs, their practices and their patients," Dr Buckman writes.

Information from the GPC includes a step-by-step guide of how the changes will affect practices. As reported previously on Univadis, the GPC believes some of the proposed QOF changes have significant resource implications and could skew healthcare towards some patients at the cost of others, while some changes are not backed up by clinical evidence and so may not deliver the intended improvements in patient outcomes (click here).

GPs are invited to attend a series of BMA roadshows about the issue, beginning on 21 January (click here), and the Government's consultation closes on 26 February (click here).

Elsewhere, the BMA is also urging doctors to respond to the DoH about increased pension contributions, after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's recent acceptance that disproportionate hikes in contributions need re-examining (click here).

Chair of BMA Council Dr Mark Porter said: "We know doctors still feel let down by the NHS pension changes. This is their opportunity to help demonstrate to the Government that it remains an issue that matters, and one where a fair deal can and should be achieved."

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By Caroline Price, Senior medwireNews Reporter