PSNC comment on GP contract agreement

PSNC comment on GP contract agreement

February 19, 2016

NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) have today announced changes to the GMS contract in England for 2016/17.

The contract for 2016/17 will see extra investment, helping to alleviate some of the pressures in general practice and working to improve access to services. In addition, there are a number of other key changes including  further development of data collection to drive patient care and an enhancement of the provision of online services to patients. No changes have been made to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators or thresholds.

Commenting on the announcement, Sue Sharpe, PSNC Chief Executive, said:

“We are pleased to see that GP leaders and NHS Employers have been able to work collaboratively and find a settlement acceptable to both sides.  This is in stark contrast to the approach the Department of Health have taken in the 17th December 2015 letter, which set out in an uncompromising series of assertions, a number of damaging and completely un-evidenced changes they intended to force through. 

“To date we have still not seen and been able to examine and challenge the analysis or detail underpinning the proposals.  Although the government claims it is engaged in a consultation process, their approach is, sadly, a far cry from the open and constructive discussions we have had in the past.”

A summary document that sets out the agreed changes to the GP contract has been produced by NHS Employers.

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