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Patients Association concerned over negative effects from GP contract changes

The Patients Association has criticised the Government for failing to consider ‘first and foremost’ the impact the GP contract changes, set to be implemented in April, would have on patient care.

Chief executive Kate Murphy claimed that the Patients Association helpline had already received record numbers of calls concerning GP services and she was worried the Government’s proposed changed would make matters worse.

Pulse revealed that a fifth of GPs will consider cutting the number of routine appointments available when the proposed contract changes are implemented from April.


Commenting on the figures in the Express, Mrs Murphy said: ‘Less GPs, fewer receptionists and a cut in appointments can only risk reducing further the quality of services for patients.

‘The Government must consider the impact on patients first and foremost as part of any discussions on changes to GP contracts.’


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  • how many times can u state the bloody obvious?

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  • See the Gp and pill culture needs to change!.

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  • What took them so long?
    The GP contract changes since 2004 have In my opinion been an unmitigated disaster.
    I retired at the age of 55 and am thankful for it, but see the professional standing of GPs now being destroyed: so much for patient care.

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  • I am afraid that the patients association has failed its clientele by being frankly anti doctor. It seems to me that they failed to support the service with their anti doctor 'we are not getting what we want' stance and so the old adage 'be careful what you wish for' has come back to bite them.

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