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BMA and NHS Employers agree flu pandemic plans

NHS Employers and the GPC this week announced a new agreement to safeguard GMS practices in the event of an influenza pandemic.

The agreement ensures that GP practices responding to a pandemic emergency would not lose out if some or all routine GMS work needed to be suspended.

Under the deal, NHS income would be protected in line with the previous year's earnings and any pre-agreed uplift, with the agreement coming into force as soon as a pandemic was declared nationally.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘During an influenza pandemic GPs' main concern will be caring for their patients and protecting public safety. Other routine work may have to take a back seat.'

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