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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)

  • What we have seen in unprecedented in modern times as you point out;

    The things we are witnessing are not normal, although they have gone on for so long now that we have perhaps become desensitised towards them. We are seeing burnout on a mass scale, divorce/marital breakups are common (things I witnessed when I working), mental breakdowns due to vexatious complaints and careers destroyed, deaths of colleagues undergoing FTP panels, suicides, media denigration on an unprecedented scale so that health professionals have become so dehumanised it is normal to attack and abuse them, surgery closures, attacks from "our own" colleagues in collusion with other interest groups, massive funding cuts, an exodus of more senior colleagues leaving for early retirements, a dearth of applications for once popular VTS schemes, junior doctors striking for the first time in over 40 years, incessant increase in demand for our services with a commensurate decrease in funding as a proportion of the nhs budget............

    This is beyond a crisis......its worse than a catastrophe and posters like 10:34 instead of condemning those responsible seeks to shift the blame to those who have been scapegoated and abused for simply trying to do the job they were trained to do!

    There comes a point in ones life where enough is simply enough;

    Physicians need to take heed and heal themselves, because you can be sure from all of the above that no one else will...

    The above are all symptoms of a sick and diseased system and ultimately the society it allegedly serves...

    Anyone with half a brain cell, an ounce of common sense, can sense that the nadir is approaching..... can see 4 terrifying men on horseback coming closer ......

    The end is nigh! while you still have the shirt on your back brethren

    DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES!!!!!!

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  • Another anouncement that there will shortly be an anouncement ...fills me with dread .Guaranteed to be worded to impress readers of the telegraph whilst making everything worse. Expect nothing other than the same old crap..less funding dressed up as more , longer hours and increased pressure spun as 'help' ..lies and deceit from bad people

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  • J.Hunt has done much worse than kill us..he has starved the NHS by inflicting wounds upon a dying body, then asks if it hurts with a smile on his face!

    Doesn't he care that the patients will eventually suffer?

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  • LMC agenda is a load of bull and by giving it undue significance, hunt is steering us away from his mountain of a package which will finally reveal a mole on the eve of Contract commencement.
    Expect it to be announced in the last week of march or the first week of april with a take it or leave it tag in the old NHSE tradition.

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  • Yes this package will indeed go much further to finish of general practice. Ditch the contract comrades.

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  • Federations CCG and all these retired GPs are boosting their £60 k pa pensions and forgotten the workers
    Can't blame them ...nice to Nod and get the cheque from reemployed PCT staff with nice redundancy packages

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