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BMA demands rise in GPs' global sum

The GPC has been ordered to negotiate an annual increase to the global sum to cover inflation and rises in staff costs.

The BMA's annual representatives meeting agreed last week that the proposed increase of £1 per patient for 2005/6 was 'completely unacceptable'.

Dr Gill Beck, a GP in Aylesbury from the Buckingham-shire division, said the current global sum of £51 per patient gave her less than 14p per patient a day.

She said an increased global sum could have been funded from other parts of the contract, such as the quality and outcomes framework, which includes one marker to promote the unpopular 48-hour access target.

'But what is quality in general practice?' she said. 'Time is the thing. Time for a person who is 65 and nearing the end of their life. This week I was talking to a young mum who has lost two babies.'

She added: 'That's what keeps me in general practice. I want to be with the patient. We are worth more than this.'

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said the motion contained a very important message to the Government and the NHS Confederation.

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