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GPC to potentially vote on contract next week ahead of special LMC conference

GP leaders will discuss the GP contract at a meeting next week, ahead of a special LMC conference called over the primary care network (PCN) draft service specifications.

The BMA confirmed to Pulse that the GP Committee will meet to discuss the outcome of the contract negotiations on 6 February.

However, it could not confirm whether leaders will be voting on the contract at this meeting.

In a tweet posted last week, Doncaster LMC chief executive Dr Dean Eggitt said: ‘GPC are renegotiating the GPC contract as we speak and I expect to attend to vote on it on Feb 6th.’

This comes as NHS England is currently analysing feedback on the network draft service specifications, which were published on 23 December.

There has been outcry by the profession against the specifications set out by NHS England for the network DES, which 99% of practices are signed up to.

Concerns were raised over the proposals when it was revealed that GPs will have to carry out fortnightly care home visits.

A number of LMCs have advised practices not to sign the network DES contract as it stands and a recent Pulse survey revealed that 80% of GP partners will pull out of the network DES contract if proposals go ahead.

Earlier this month, the BMA reassured GPs that concerns about the network draft service specifications were being heard ‘loud and clear’ and that these would form the ‘basis’ of its contract negotiations with NHS England.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that the GPC has voted to hold a special LMCs conference on networks after 80% of its GPC England members voted to reject the contract deal.

Readers' comments (24)

  • Reject Reject Reject
    GPC has lost credibility. Any proposal should be put to entire profession for a vote.

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  • I second that Grassroot member.they need to listen to the workforce.They are losing us.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    "Losing us"? They lost me about 30 years ago!

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  • How about - "We are simply not doing it".

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  • The GPC should say a big NO. Reject it. If they don't like it, we can all go private and stop this useless meetings, yearly contract changes. Try doing that to any employee at your practice. Doctors have less rights than others, quadruple jeopardy etc and that is unacceptable. Get the control back BMA. Have a back bone.

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  • Police thieves, because doctors in this country don't have the balls to do that.

    Which is precisely why many leave the country. Not only in search of better working conditions but also to work alongside those with big gigantic balls.

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  • I get the feeling that the government sees that the end game is in sight (the game being to destroy primary care). Why they would do this in the first case is lunacy and beyond me - but my experience is that lunacy is seldom a reason for politicians not to behave in a given manner.

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  • The strength of feeling is so strong it needs to go to a vote
    We also need as partners to think what we could be signing our younger colleagues up to.
    There is a risk of partners taking a bung for a deferment of the work and leaving them to pick up the pieces when we’re all gone

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  • If people wish to continue to let the government dictate the terms of their employment, work conditions, pay, pension benefits etc then by all means let the LMC and “GPC” politicos wield their predictable magic on your behalf. This will inevitably mean doctors and patients get even more of a lousy deal than the present one on offer. If the people who got the profession in the mess it’s in are still the ones doing the negotiating how can anyone expect a better outcome?

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  • "¡No pasarán!" should be the cry to the politicos wielding their predictable magic on our behalf.

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