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Health secretary to announce 'new deal' for GPs on Friday

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce details of the Government’s promised ‘new deal’ for general practice this Friday.

The announcement is expected to outline how the Government plans to fulfil promises to make general practice a more attractive career again, amid a crisis in recruitment and retention and rising number of GPs struggling and burning out.

In his first speech following the election, Prime Minister David Cameron trailed the announcement, saying it would include ‘more investment, more training and a more personal link with patients’.

Meanwhile the RCGP, which alongside the BMA has been lobbying the Government on plans to improve GPs’ situation, said last week that the new deal should scrap the QOF and consider removing the ‘unnecessary burden’ of CQC inspections in a bid to help stressed GPs.

For full coverage and expert analysis of the ‘new deal’, stay tuned to PulseToday later this week


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Readers' comments (67)

  • hold on to your sphincters..

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  • ... more personal link with patients...hmmm
    we see them them everyday, we action test results and letters about them everyday, take phone calls from professional colleagues,write referral letters , supporting letters or medical reports on these same patients... everyday.

    Rather than more "personal links" there needs to be urgent curb on unnecessary patient demand.

    Something tells me this "new deal" isn't going be better for GPs or their staff.

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  • Will await with interest….but I suspect it will a turd wrapped up in pink paper and ribbon

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  • It will be purely political, designed for voters and headlines and not designed to deal with the problems facing general practice. I guarantee it will completely ignore the big issues facing us - overburden of demand, of regulation, of bureaucracy, and inadequate funding. It will not cut back one little bit on the major problems because they are created by the Secy of State himself so he is not going to row back on CQC, over-regulation, over-monitoring etc. It will promise more money (which will really just be recycled money) in return for impossible hoop jumping and 24/7 opening etc etc.

    Nothing of substance will change. It will be propaganda, smoke and mirrors and inconsequential changes. I notice it is not a negotiated settlement with the GPC. It is just another top down diktat by someone who hasn't got an effing clue about the realities.

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  • Get ready boys and girls the DOH are going to evacuate their bowels on friday and its coming in our direction.

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  • Is there any point in hoping the GPC will respond in a way grass roots GPs need and expect?

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  • Hunt and Cameron want to contract general practice to just 2 or 3 big businesses of their chums, they want rid of the thousands of independent practices. That is why this crisis has been carefully created by them. Is there anyone so naive as to think Hunt and Cameron will now do an about face and save general practice? NO. Beatings will continue.

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  • am waiting
    my notice is written - and I was about to let my other 4 partners know I am leaving at age 41..........but maybe I'll just wait until friday
    (not holding much hope though!!!!!!)

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  • Isn't this a new contract imposition bypassing any negotiation with GPC?

    Should GPC not respond to this? Oh wait, they are too busy collecting their honors from the same government.

    Something smells rotten here...........

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  • Easy all resign and locum.

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