Conduct in contract
GP contracts will be amended
to include the professional standards outlined in the GMC's Good Medical Practice.
The changes announced in the white paper on regulation will make GPs contractually
responsible for any breaches in professional conduct.
The Department of Health will ask NHS Employers to
discuss with stakeholders,
including the GPC and the
GMC, how the standards can be incorporated into the contracts of GMS, PMS and salaried GPs.
Alastair Henderson, deputy director of NHS Employers, said that including professional standards in contracts would give employers 'teeth'.
'If you didn't follow that part of your contract, it would be no different from not following any other part of your contract,' he said. 'The benefit is that it is a clear upfront statement of the central importance placed on quality and standards.'
Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC
negotiator, said he was not
overly concerned by the plans.