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GPC 'deplores' NHS managers' behaviour

The GPC has stoked the row between GPs and NHS managers by passing a motion 'deploring' the way the contract is being in implemented in some areas.

The move comes after GPs accused primary care organisations of gloating at meetings that they had 'fooled' practices and the contract would allow managers to clamp down on doctors.

In response, the GPC said it deplored 'the manner of implementation of the new GMS contract in many parts of the UK and the behaviour of NHS managers and Department of Health officials'.

The motion stated the negotiating team should make 'representations at whatever level is necessary to ensure the full, fair and timely implementation of the new contract'.

GPC chair Dr John Chis-holm said the GPC felt that despite good progress in many parts of the country, there remained problems in some areas over commissioning enhanced services and gearing up for out-of-hours changes.

The department has argued officials and PCO managers did not gloat that the contract would allow them to control GPs.

A letter to the GPC from the head of GMS contract implantation, Rob Webster, who chaired the Leeds event at which the comments were allegedly made, said none of the speakers 'moved away from the words or the spirit of the contract'.

He added: 'We will not permit ill-informed, maverick and irregular local behaviour to damage the good work put in by all sides in developing the new GMS contract.'

As Pulse went to press, the GPC had still not received a promised letter from health minister John Hutton distancing the Government from the alleged comments at the meeting in Leeds.

By Rob Finch

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