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PMS negotiating rights in balance

GPC negotiators skated over the issue of PMS negotiating rights after they revealed details of the new GMS contract.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm would only say that PMS GPs would be allowed to vote in the ballot and that pension and out-of-hours changes would also apply to them.

The ballot on resignation from the NHS for GPs in June 2001 stipulated the need for a new contract and that the GPC has 'negotiating rights on behalf of all family doctors'.

What else will be in the contract?

 · Premises Changes to the method of funding, including improvement to cost-rent schedule and reduced cost-rent if GPs able to gain lower interest loan.

 · Careers Modular rather than linear career structure. Salaried options. No compulsory retirement age.

 · Seniority pay 30 per cent uplift by 2006/7. Begins from year of qualification. No losers.

 · Demand management £10 million for new national body to promote initiatives.

 · In-hours home visiting Clarification of rules: GPs to decide whether or not visit is necessary on clinical grounds.

 · Partnerships No change now, but major revisions in 2004.

 · Private work Clearer definition of services for which practice can charge but no major expansion.

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