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New contract may be demoralising for GPs

Working under the new contract will demoralise GPs, new research warns.

Standardisation, homogen-isation and quantification of quality will leave many GPs no longer able to find their work rewarding, according to new findings just presented to the RCGP's annual spring meeting in Bournemouth.

In a study of 19 GP consultations, Dr Karen Fairhurst, an Edinburgh GP, identified four factors that gave GPs professional satisfaction: sense of self-identity, sense of knowing the patient, evaluation of moral status of the patient and evaluation of technical competence and perceived success.

Dr Fairhurst, a lecturer in general practice at the University of Edinburgh, said the new contract might compound rather than alleviate poor morale 'unless its implementation protects what is meaningful to practitioners'.

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