GPC England has concluded negotiations with NHS Employers, and we have reached an agreement on changes to the GP contract for 2017/18. We believe these changes offer important and significant improvements which will make tangible differences for GPs and their practice teams.
In line with policy from the 2016 LMC conference, and based on responses from the survey of GPs in England, our aim in the contract negotiations was to provide stability to GMS and PMS contracts where possible, to secure much needed funding to address GP practice expenses, and to tackle unnecessary bureaucratic workload which takes vital time away from clinical care of patients.
Alongside these improvements, we have been in parallel discussions with NHS England and the Department of Health to tackle the wider issues taking place within general practice - in part through ensuring that NHS England honours its commitments in the General Practice Forward View, as well as in those we are taking forward through our Urgent Prescription.
GMS contract changes for 2017/18
GPC England has overwhelmingly voted to accept the negotiated contract changes for 2017/18 as outlined below:
- Avoiding Unplanned Admissions DES (AUA)
- CQC fees
- Indemnity costs
- Sickness cover reimbursement for GPs
- Maternity cover reimbursement
- Learning Disabilities DES
- Expenses and pay uplift
- Workforce census
- Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF)
- Core opening hours and Extended Hours DES
- Access to healthcare
- National diabetes audit (NDA)
- Data collection
- Registration of prisoners
- Vaccinations and Immunisations
- GP retention scheme
- GMS digital – non-contractual
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GPC and NHS England have committed to take forward discussions in the coming months on a national programme of self-care and appropriate use of GP services and information sharing between practices.
We are confident that this contract package will provide some much needed support to GPs and their practices, and will deliver tangible improvements in a number of vital areas. We are now working on detailed guidance with NHS Employers which will provide more detail about some of these areas.
As stated at the beginning of this letter, GPC is fully aware that the above agreement will not in itself solve the wider pressures faced by general practice. Having concluded these negotiated changes, GPC will now be focusing on securing from NHS England the delivery of the commitments which have promised through the General Practice Forward View as well as in our Urgent Prescription proposals to help stabilise general practice, as well as ensuring its sustainability to meet future demands.
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If you have any questions about this information, please get in touch with the GPC.
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