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GP leaders 'have no faith' that networks will reduce GP workload

LMCs have voted for a motion saying they have no faith that primary care networks will reduce GP workload at their conference in London today.

However, they also voted against a call for the BMA GP Committee to negotiate for networks to be removed from the contract.

At the conference, 63% of leaders said that they 'have no faith that networks will result in a reduction in GP workload'.

An overwhelming majority said they do not address the issue of a 'dwindling GP workforce'.

Dr Sujata Chadha from Hillingdon LMC, who proposed the motion, said: ‘We are being shoe-horned into a STP-driven integrated care system, the contract of which is to manipulate primary care networks into delivering quick savings....This neither defends nor supports general practice.'

She added: ‘I do not doubt that this contract was negotiated in good faith and with the best of intentions but it is not working for us.

‘We’re facing increasing financial risks, more unresourced work and this ultimately threatens our sustainability.’

Also speaking in favour of the motion, Dr Simeon Rackham from Derbyshire LMC: ‘In Derbyshire, the introduction of PCNs has removed countless clinicians on the ground giving patient contact - to seemingly chase their tails and drown under paperwork and funding targets, with precious little to show for it.’

19 HILLINGDON: That conference, with regard to PCNs:

i. has no faith that they will result in a reduction in GP workload

ii. is concerned that they do not actually address the issue of the dwindling GP workforce

iii. has not seen any evidence that they will assist practices in supporting increasing numbers of patients with increasingly complex health needs

iv. believes they are the building blocks towards integrated care systems which will be to the detriment of local personal patient care

v. requires GPC England to reject this model in favour of developing a new GP contract that actually positively supports the current model of English general practice.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • Vinci Ho

    Interesting 🧐😄

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  • common sense makes a bit of a comeback. lets have more of it please.

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  • Any hope that after years of telling GPs what is good for them, and getting it repeatedly wrong, "GP leaders" might be starting to listen?

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  • I don't get it. They voted in favour of a motion saying they had no faith that PCNs will reduce workload, and they want GPC England to reject this model, but they didn't vote in favour of BMA GPC to negotiate for networks to be removed from the contract? Where is our professions backbone? It is madness. They are selling GP surgeries out, leaving GPs holding the can after years of underinvestment, and workload dumping. And we can't even call them out on this? PCNs will increase workload, decrease continuity, and leave GPs ultimately responsible for ever more patients, with fewer and fewer doctors. It is a shambles, and we are sleepwalking into it...

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  • So the networks will not reduce my workload. Neither will they increase my take home pay as I will have to subsidise the 30% shortfall of funding in employing staff that will not reduce my workload.

    This sounds like a winner of a contract to me! And yet there is no mandate to remove the contract? Well done the LMC conference, NHS England will be quaking in their boots with such staunch robust inaction.

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  • There is nothing that will reduce GP workload whilst patients expect to never be ill and live forever in spite of any poor lifestyle decisions.

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  • you don't have to be part of a pcn contract so you can resign and leave. easiest way to stop it is just not be a part of it. everyone leaves there is no pcn. its a simple clear message to everyone its not good enough.

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  • Did our "leaders" not vote for it in the first place. Anyway, never too late to reflect and change with the error, especially when the NHS is changing all the time. Take us the dentist way. Far more professional control.

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