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Sessional GPs gain stronger negotiating voice

Sessional GPs will have a stronger voice in GP negotiations, thanks to changes announced last week.

GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair Vicky Weeks will start regularly attending GP negotiating meetings from next month to discuss salaried and locum issues with the new negotiating team.

Dr Weeks said there had been closer liaison between the GPC and the sessional GPC subcommittee over the last few years.

She added: 'However with the changes that are occurring within the profession, and the recognition of the impact of these changes upon the increasing number of sessional GPs in the workforce, I certainly welcome the opportunity to now work even closer with the negotiators.' 

BMA GPs committee deputy chair Richard Vautrey will take the lead on sessional GP issues in all areas of future negotiation, in cooperation with the subcommittee, and said he was 'really pleased' Dr Weeks had agreed to take on the role.

He said: ‘The GPC takes representation of the whole profession very seriously and it is vitally important that the views of sessional GPs are reflected in discussions both between negotiators and with those we negotiate with.

‘That's why we've invited Dr Weeks, as GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair, to take a greater role in our work.'

The changes reflect the continued and growing importance of sessional GPs, such as locum and salaried GPs, who make up an increasing proportion of the GP workforce.