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Health secretary announces 'new deal' for GPs tomorrow

GPs will be able to watch live as the health secretary reveals the Government’s promised ‘new deal’ to improve the conditions of general practice tomorrow morning.

GPs can tune into Pulse Today from 9.30am on Friday to view a live streaming of Jeremy Hunt’s speech, set to be given in a London GP practice.

To date, no exact details have been given on the deal, but Mr Hunt said previously that it must look at the ‘terms and confitions of general practice’, ‘why GPs have so much burnout’ and contractual targets.

The NHS Five Year Forward View, which the Government has pledged to fund, said ‘given the pressures they are under, we need a new deal for GPs’. It said this would include extra investment, stability of core GP funding for two years, more power handed to CCGs, priority given to increasing GP trainee numbers and ‘new options to encourage retention

Last week, the RCGP called for the deal to include a review into the burdens of QOF and CQC inspections including their potential scrapping.

Pulse editor Nigel Praities predicts that GPs will be likely to see more physicians associates and pharmacists brought in to help address the GP workforce crisis.

Join in on Friday to find out more and tweet to @PulseToday using the hashtag #GPnewdeal


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Readers' comments (25)

  • I reckon the plan is to force GPs into units ~100K patients which will be large enough to flog to the private sector. QOF may go but standards will be enforced by CQC inspections and its funding will be lost. Crown indemnity may be offered to salaried GPs as a carrot to make independent contractor status impossible to maintain as premiums keep rising. GPs will be required to do a proportion of 8-8/OOH to satisfy revalidation criteria. The outcome will not be pretty.

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  • There is a shortage of GPs. They are not being paid the market and global rate for their skills and the risks the UK is asking of them in the state sector. They are being overloaded with work, over regulated and punished.

    Newly qualified and experienced GPs can hop on a plan and earn double or more with far better working conditions and work-family life balance. There is about to be a tsunami of retirement.

    General practice is getting more complex as patients live longer and present with more co-morbidities.

    The senior civil servants who run the NHS and advisors to the government (many of whom come from the boarding school, Oxbridge PPE background) have never worked in healthcare and think this role can be done on the cheap. It can't. We need the best of the best to be able to handle the job of the modern day GP.

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  • Can the Healt Secretary complete his speech about the New Deal in 10 minutes please .

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  • The new deal - will be " revealed ". The SOSH will dip his hand into a top hat and voila, a magical solution will appear . There will be clapping and cheering from the back benches . A roll of drums and hey presto all the gp's will disappear.

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  • Why hasn't this new deal been discussed with our representatives ? - Probably because it's a pile of 9 on the Bristool chart.

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  • 09:30am on Friday?! Won't most of us be AT WORK, CONSULTING at that time?! Great timing!

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  • HI Hunty,

    Soo looking forward to listening in tomorrow.

    I do have a full surgery but I'll take an admin break and have a cuppa and Edinburgh Woollen Mill blanket for my knees at the ready.

    You radiate such positivity for my profession and I can't wait for the latest news - things are on the up and up!

    But I have to apologise to you.

    Regrettably, I've had some happiness lately - sorry!
    Just got out of the pension scheme, £1.3m at the ready
    Sold my house for £1m
    My daughter came 3rd in the sprint yesterday.

    I know it's galling to own up to this, especially being such a lazy bogstandard useless golfing GP and all that.

    I do hope you can redress my happiness with more news about my job being taken by a physician assistant after a 6 month course, further slashing pension cuts, working 7/7, 24/7 and visiting my elderly patients to check their heating.

    Don't let me down now!


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  • I don't think it will be safe to watch across the N3 network.

    I think there are rules about watching groups of people getting shafted in real time.

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  • Speech ''given in a London GP practice tomorrow morning''.

    I wonder which members of this practice team will be attending the speech tomorrow morning.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    I just wonder if it will be in a Darzi Centre perhaps?

    Anyway, bet he is carrying a bucket of faeces for you.

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