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BMA seeks GPs' experiences of networks

GPs are being asked to share their experiences of working in networks or federations.

StethoscopeThe BMA GPs committee launched a survey yesterday to find out GPs’ views on working collaboratively.

The short online questionnaire aims to take a snapshot of the level of interest in these networks or federations — groupings of GP practices working together. It will also be used to establish what support the BMA could offer these practices.

GPC chair Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘GP practices are having to cope with competing demands from declining funding, rising workload from an ageing society with complex health problems, and a desire from policy makers to move care into the community, but with fewer supporting resources.

‘In this climate, the GPC is launching a major survey of grassroots GPs to find out their views on how a model based on collaborative networks or federations of GP practices might find solutions to the challenges in front of 21st century general practice. I would encourage all GPs — whether a partner, salaried or a locum — to give their views in this survey.’

 Take part in the survey 

 Read GPC guidance on federations 

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