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Hunt's GP package to go 'much further' than 2016/17 contract agreement

GP contract negotiations are ‘well advanced’, but changes are likely to be overshadowed by the package of measures to be announced by the health secretary next month, the head of NHS England has said.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said in his report to today’s board meeting that ‘substantial funding and support’ will be provided to help reduce workload, improve workforce planning and redesign services.

More details of the support will be announced next month, he said, echoing the recent announcement by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The GPC said that it had persuaded the Government to hold off on the announcement until after the special LMCs conference this weekend.

NHS England has already announced that there will be a 4% increase in funding for general practice every year until 2021.

There has been no detail about how this will be allocated, but Mr Stevens said next month’s announcement will clarify this.

In his chief executive report, Mr Stevens said: ‘Following the outcome of the Spending Review we expect to be able to announced in February a substantial and wide ranging programme of funding and support for GPs and primary care.

’This will include measures on workforce, workload and service redesign. Constructive negotiations on the 2016/17 general medical services contract are well advanced with the [GPC], recognising that the February GP package will go much further than any one-year contract can in helping GPs with the real pressures they face.’

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘If they just come forward with short term, one-off measures as they did with the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund – where significant amounts of money were given to small areas but were not sustained – then they are likely to fail. We need to continue to push NHS England and the Department of Health to resolve workforce issues. The resources need to be sustained.’

He added that the Government had wanted to announce the new measures before next month, but the GPC persuaded ministers to wait until after the special LMC conference in London this weekend on action needed to ensure GPs can deliver a ‘safe and sustainable service’.

This delay will enable GPs to express their concerns without being pre-empted by a Government announcement, said Dr Vautrey.

LMCs special conference taking place this weekend

LMCs conference 2013 - voting card - online

LMCs conference 2013 - voting card - online

Source: Jon Enoch

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey told Pulse that the Government had wanted to announce the new measures this month, but held off until after the special LMCs conference at the request of GPC.

The special conference is set to discuss motions on undated resignations, moving towards a salaried GP service, stopping certain services and increasing the duration of GP appointments to at least 15 minutes.

You can read a live blog throughout the day on Pulse Today.

Readers' comments (26)

  • Announce now so we all know what they offer before the LMC meeting - otherwise will waste time talking about things when it is all going to change next month anyway

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  • Vinci Ho

    Mmmm. Yes.
    But is this LMC conference really so 'essential' in the eyes of Agent Hunt and Harvey Hunt? Interesting .

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  • Bob Hodges

    Why next month? Good question......

    My money is on the fact that they've actually realised that not only is EVERY indicator on primary care, and hence the NHS, that have is flashing red and every alarm is sounding, But the fan is now brown and simply blowing the stench straight at their faces.

    Next month is earliest that they can get it translated from the original crayon its been written in, and the earliest they can do it without completely losing face and the last vestiges of the credibility they imagine that they still command.

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  • "the GPC persuaded ministers to wait until after the special LMC conference"

    Well aint that just typical of the GPC's arrogance? I want to know the goverments intentions now. Why should I wait for some tired old farts to have their say?

    GPC - hear this loud and clear. You no longer have the support of many GPs.
    Aren't you and the RCGP and the rest of the honours seeking fraternity the ones who have been colluding with the government with your pathetic ten point plans?
    I won't be on the edge of my seat. Even if the plans sound superficially good, they will just be a delaying tactic. Jeremy and his puppet master, Dave are buying time so they can line up all their ducks.

    Scupper their evil plans. Do not delay.
    Ditch the contract comrades!

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  • its a classic hunt trick - dangle an imaginary carrot before the industrial strike vote. And then the actual "package" is a pay bonus after a hefty pay cut.

    Anyone that truly believe this is another 2004 contract is delusional.

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  • Part of the package must include a P45 for Mr *unt and his departure from his post.

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  • What a lot of rubbish! I do t believe a word of it. All spin and spin again. If it was any good we would know all about it. As it is c.... we have not been told.
    Dont bother with this as it is just more gp manipulation.
    He should put his contract and weezel words where the sun dont sh...

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  • Don't hold your breath GPs - you will be suffocated. In the words of a wise locum 'ditch the contract comrades'

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  • Had enough already, going at 56 - the pressure is relentless and it isn't going to change. Get out now or emigrate orchange career

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  • I am pretty sure "service redesign" will translate to 7 day working........watch this space

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