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GP contract negotiations Scotland 2017/18

On 18 January, the full Scottish GP Committee of the BMA met and agreed to proceed with implementation of the new GMS contract. This decision follows the strong backing for the contract shown in a poll of the profession, as well as feedback received from LMCs and individual GPs in engagement events around the country.

The poll found that 71.5% of GPs wanted to see the contract implemented while 28.5% did not.

Work will now take place to allow the first phase of the new contract to be implemented from April 2018, with a second phase of changes only taking place after a second poll of the profession in 2021.


The contract

Overview of the contract

Giving GPs time to be GPs

Pay and expenses

The future

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Your questions answered

We have compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about what the contract will mean for you and how you can have your say in the negotiations on the new contract.

See our contract FAQs

We held a live Q&A webchat on the proposed contract on Wednesday 20 December.

Read what was discussed

Chair of GPC Scotland, Dr Alan McDevitt provides an update on the latest developments.

Watch the presentation

If your question is not covered, let us know for future updates by emailing [email protected] 


SLMC Special conference

LMC representatives from every part of Scotland met on the 1st of December to discuss the proposed contract and vote on the extent to which it met the aims of improving the sustainability of funding, reducing risk, increasing the attractiveness of general practice and addressing unsustainable workload.

The results of votes at SLMC conference were:

The contract framework addresses the issue of sustainability of funding
Strongly Disagree – 2%
Disagree – 5%
Neither Agree nor Disagree – 10%
Agree – 45%
Strongly agree – 39%

The contract framework addresses the issue of risk for GPs and GP practices
Strongly disagree – 2%
Disagree – 9%
Neither agree nor disagree – 9%
Agree – 54%
Strongly agree – 25%

The contract framework addresses the issue of the attractiveness of general practice
Strongly disagree – 1%
Disagree – 10%
Neither agree nor disagree – 10%
Agree – 56%
Strongly agree – 23%

The contract framework addresses the issue of unsustainable workload
Strongly disagree – 2%
Disagree – 2%
Neither agree nor disagree – 10%
Agree – 43%
Strongly agree – 42%

Watch the conference recording


Scottish GP contract: progress update

On 3 May 2017, the attached joint letter and post SLMC conference update from SGPC and the Scottish Government was published. These documents build on the letter and memorandum published on 3 November and include the announcements made by the Cabinet Secretary at the SLMC conference in March.

Post Scottish LMC conference communication (PDF)

Joint Scottish Government and BMA communication (PDF)


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