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LMC motions call for partnership incentives and support for QOF losers

By Joanne Ellul

LMC leaders have called on the Government and GPC negotiators to set up financial incentives to encourage practices to take on new partners.

A motion submitted by Devon LMC to this year's LMCs conference declares that ‘partnerships are the bedrock of British general practices' and ‘requires the GPC to negotiate a mechanism that supports them financially to help sessional GPs become partners.'

The LMC also addresses concerns over the recent QOF prevalence changes, echoing Pulse's No QOF Closures campaign. A motion ‘deplores the way those practices who have lost out because of the square root changes, and have provided additional unfunded services to patients, have been ignored by PCOs.'

Other motions from Devon LMC criticise the ‘archaic, irrational and unfair' prescription charges structure, argue that taxing alcohol to deter a small minority is wrong and accuse the GMC of being ‘not representative of the profession'.

Meanwhile Gloucestershire LMC has submitted a motion arguing that the QOF framework should not be evaluated by NICE.

Gloucestershire LMC also urges the Government to increase premises funding and believes the requirement for tendering for contracts by the PCO to be frequently unnecessary and often destabilising for the NHS.

It argues that ‘asking practices to compete for short term tenders will destroy what is most valued by patients and pander to the worst "pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap" free market mentality.'

The deadline for LMC motions to be submitted is today. The LMCs conference takes place on 11 and 12 June in central London.

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