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GPC polls GPs on contract imposition impact ahead of 2014/15 talks

The GPC has launched an online survey to assess the impact of the 2013/14 GP contract imposition, with the findings expected to be used as ammunition in the upcoming round of contract negotiations.

GPs in England have been asked to spend two or three minutes filling in the short survey, which focuses on the contract imposition’s effect on GP workload, morale, practice income and expenses. The GPC also wants to find out what level of engagement GPs have with their CCGs, and whether the contract changes have led to them having less time to engage with clinical commissioning. Other questions focus on GPs’ opinion on the QOF changes and which DESs they have opted to take on this year.

The survey, which closes on 9 September, will inform the GPC as it prepares for a new round of contract negotiations.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘GPs in England - we want to hear your views about the impact of the 2013-2014 contract changes on you, your workload and your patients. We will use these survey results to inform negotiations with the Government on the 2014-2015 contract changes that are getting underway shortly.’

The call comes a week after Dr Nagpaul sent his first letter to the profession since being elected as GPC chair last month, promising to fight to remove ‘bureaucratic elements’ of the QOF.

The Department of Health pushed through a range of non-negotiated GP contract changes in England this year, including the removal of organisational QOF points, new clinical indicators and higher QOF thresholds. It also imposed four new DESs, focusing on dementia, reducing hospital admissions, online access and telehealth.

Howevertalks the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish health departments opted to reach negotiated agreements with the profession.

Click here to complete the BMA’s survey (external link)

Click here to read Pulse’s extensive coverage of GP contract terms

Readers' comments (5)

  • I think it needs to be made clear what services were cut as a consequence of QOF 13/14. Politicians aren't interested in our workload but they do care (a little) when their voters can't get appointments. The disaster that is QOF 13/14 needs to be evaluated in the context of other scandals like 111 and A+E waits and revalidation. If these are framed as a threat to the Governments recent health reforms then blame will land squarely on the desks of Whitehall.

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  • The above is totally true. At the end of the day, funding cuts or shifts in funding (organisational QOF was essentially moved into CQC procedures) eventually result in reduced availability to patients. I think we should no longer work to paper over cracks in the system that have been caused by others. Patients have a right to know why access is getting worse and worse.

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  • We are discriminated against in pensions - ie - some have had to pay no increases, others pay only a fraction of what we pay.
    We are bullied. Remember this statement from the DOH - ' If you do not accept our offer , we will impose a worse one' That is bullying.
    We cannot, must not, should not work in a discriminatory, bullying system. So we MUST, absolutely MUST leave on principle.
    All for £ 3.00 take home pay. The GPC should poll and see if GPs still wish to stay in this nightmare NHS.
    Also, 40 % are depressed and burnt out. I say to the GPC negotiators : you are not being fair to your workforce if so many feel wrung out seeing 40 + patients a day to be so demonised.

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  • I agree with 8.11. What has been going on over the last year is making the current arrangements unviable. It is time to move on to something better.

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  • I left the UK to get away from this rubbish. I think those of you left in England should either emigrate or resign from the NHS and go private. Time to 'man up' or stop wringing.

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