Contract clash on GP prescribing
GPC members are at odds over a controversial clause in the new contract that some fear could put GPs' prescribing freedom in jeopardy.
Chair of the GPC prescribing sub-committee Dr Peter Fellows has warned the 'excessive prescribing' clause would allow PCOs to crack down on GPs for high prescribing costs.
The decision to move the clause from GPs' disciplinary regulations to their contract will give PCOs greater powers to force GPs to choose the cheapest drug, he added.
Fellow sub-committee mem- ber Dr Chaand Nagpaul has also called for the clause to be axed.
But Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC negotiator, said it did not alter the current situation and any attempt to force GPs to prescribe against their will would be 'outrageous'.