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Less than a quarter of salaried GPs involved in commissioning

Concerns have been raised that CCGs are failing to engage with sessional GPs after a survey found less than a quarter of salaried GPs are getting involved in commissioning.

A report based on a survey by Leeds LMC revealed only 18% of salaried GPs have been invited to contribute to their local CCG.

The survey also found that one of the seven GPs involved in a CCG was involved ‘against her wishes' while another was expected to contribute in his own time, according to the survey of 40 doctors.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chief executive of the National Association of Sessional GPs, said the feeling of disengagement was a ‘big concern' across the whole country.

He said: ‘There are some practices who think that if they are going to have GPs involved with CCGs, it should be practice partners rather than salaried GPs. But there are a lot of good reasons why it is a fantastic opportunity for salaried GPs, particularly as they don't have any conflicts of interest and could make it their priority.'

Dr Vicky Weeks, chair of the GPC's sessional GPs subcommittee, said: ‘Some CCGs have a lack of understanding about the shape of the GP workforce.'

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC deputy chair and assistant medical secretary of Leeds LMC, said:  ‘It is important that CCGs take the issue of information sharing very seriously, as they will only be successful if they can communicate to all GPs in their areas.'

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