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GPs facing disputes over partners not pulling their weight on quality

More than three GPs in four have failed to update their partnership agreements to take account of the new contract.

The lack of action is despite a series of GPC warnings that agreements need to be substantially altered to cater for the practice-based contract.

Dr Attu Sumathipala, a GP in Birmingham, said his practice had not yet got around to updating its partnership agreement. He wanted a clause that would penalise other GPs for failing to meet targets in the quality framework.

Dr Sumathipala was one of 23 per cent of GPs who said they wanted such a clause.

He said: 'If something does not happen then someone else has to take responsibility for it. I think [penalising partners] would be the best answer.'

GPC deputy-chair Dr Laurence Buckman urged GPs to update their agreements, but warned making threats about 'being kicked out' would be fail to motivate colleagues.

'I understand why GPs would be upset by partners not pulling their weight, but I think that's something to do with relationships and speaking properly to partners, and persuading them of the worth of doing their jobs properly and earning more money,' he said.

'If neither of these motivates you, you are most unlikely to be motivated by a threat of being kicked out.'

Only 7 per cent of GPs said they would vary partners' earnings according to what they earned for the practice under the new contract.

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