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BMA: New Scottish GP contract will make profession attractive again

Exclusive The new Scottish GP contract will be an ‘ambitious departure’ from the rest of the UK, the BMA has told Pulse.

Scottish GP Committee chair Dr Alan McDevitt, who is also due to speak at the Pulse Live conference in Glasgow tomorrow morning, said he was confident that the proposals would offer stability and make the profession attractive to young doctors.

Full details of the contract are due to be announced in the next couple of weeks but one of the proposals to be presented to GPs over the next month is direct reimbursement of practice expenses to level the playing field, Dr McDevitt told Pulse.

The extent of the changes that are being proposed will mean GPs will have to carefully consider the offer ahead of a poll of the profession after a special LMCs conference on 1 December, he added.

Dr McDevitt told Pulse: 'If I didn’t believe in it, I wouldn’t be putting it to the profession. I think it will bring a great deal of long-term stability to practices, particularly financial stability.

‘We’re not unambitious in what we’re prescribing and people will have to think carefully about what it means.'

It comes as a new report from Audit Scotland found that recruitment and retention issues as well as poor morale in general practice was preventing changes needed in healthcare delivery and getting agreement on the new contract would be crucial.

Dr McDevitt said while the four nations in the UK agreed on the problems facing general practice, the approach to solving those issues would be very different and that Scotland had led the way in making fundamental changes including scrapping the QOF.

‘It is a new way of thinking and we see this as a comprehensive solution to the problems facing general practice.’

Among the detail announced so far includes a wider healthcare team taking over some jobs traditionally done by the GP, including some chronic disease management, routine checks, and drug monitoring.

GPs will have access to NHS-run services including prescribing and treatment room services to reduce their workload.

The proposed new contract has been designed to free GPs to focus on complex patients, making diagnoses, and improving patient outcomes, Dr McDevitt said.

Scottish ministers have promised £500m for primary care by 2020 - £250m directly for general practice recurring from 2021 - and a new contract is being negotiated in which pharmacists, nurses and other primary care professionals take on a greater role to reduce pressure on GPs.

The RCGP wants to see greater clarity on funding calling for general practice to receive 11% of the NHS budget.


Readers' comments (7)

  • Mr Mephisto

    "New Scottish GP contract will make profession attractive again". Yes maybe and yet again "Pigs Might Fly Out Of My Butt"

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  • Lets just wait and see.

    If the BMA hype doesnt live up to expectation can the old guard please move on.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Do not underestimate this nuclear bomb called ‘sexual harassment ‘ dropped in Westminster. All MPs from all parties with a ‘past history’ are vulnerable.
    The first casualty is called Michael Fallon.
    The aftershock waves of this earthquake will have implications on the credibility of Westminster and essentially this government.
    Damian Green strongly denied allegations against him.
    More stories will come.
    Watch this space especially for those who are to have any form of negotiation with this government.......

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  • Can’t polish a turd or even dress it up in tartan .It is still a turd and still sticks,such is the current state of primary care.

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  • Hi Vinci,
    If more allegations come (and I assume they will also affect Lab/Lib Dem but perhaps to a lesser extent) then there may not be a Government to negotiate with.
    May's position is feeble enough. Even those clean living DUP ministers might take fright if more scandal emerges....

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  • @Turn out the lights.
    Mike Myers did a pretty good job of putting a jobby in a kilt in Austin powers.
    But if I see 'Fat Bastard' standing next to Alan McDevitt at the roadshow I'll know the jobs a bad'un ;)
    I'm not that that convinced that the Scottish Government are competent, but unlike their southern counterparts at least that is not in doubt, and neither are they sociopathic.

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  • I’ll tell ya what would make the profession attractive again....common sense

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