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Dr Chaand Nagpaul: 'The new contract gives general practice a much-needed breathing space'

With the contract secured, GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul says it is now critical for the government and NHS England to address the workforce and premises crises

After tough negotiations, we have reached an agreement with the Government which gives general practice a much-needed breathing space and greater stability for practices and patients.

We have secured changes aimed at freeing up GPs’ time and improving patients’ experience of general practice.  Measures to reduce bureaucracy, and allow family doctors to spend more time with patients are a step in the right direction.

At the same time, we must not lose sight of the relentless pressure on general practice from rising demand, declining resources and the move to transfer services from hospital into the community.  We are now at a critical juncture, faced with a shortage of GPs, with surgeries closing and facilities in many practices increasingly inadequate to deliver high-quality care.

The Government has said that it understands the pressures on GPs and their impact on patient care and access to services and that it is committed to delivering the necessary solutions.  Now that we have agreed a contract for next year, we need the Government and NHS England to work with us to address the immediate wider pressures on general practice - as set out in the BMA GP committee’s plan for short term measures -  to ensure that general practice can be sustainable and have the capacity to deliver care that patients need.

Readers' comments (9)

  • Could someone from the GPC please explain to me how doing more effectively unpaid work linked to greater beurocracy equates to a breathing space and an improvement in our terms and conditons of service? I feel I must be missing something that is staring me in the face but I can't for the life of me think what.

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  • Dr Nagpaul, I am sure that you are a really nice, decent, well-mannered chap with lots of integrity, but you are just totally outclassed in these maneouvres by the dirty politicians and you sound like you are now their double-speak spokesman.

    I really do believe you are on GP's side, that you are not on the politicians' side, but your problem is that you have been manoeuvred into speaking their propaganda for them. Just can't have any confidence in you. We need a plain speaking bare-knuckle street-fighter to stand up for general practice.

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  • NIcey nicey guy.
    It's embarrassing.
    Work for peanuts, huge burden and responsibility.
    Over to the part time females and IMGs to plug the gaps.

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  • couldn't agree more with anonymous 2.40!!
    Totally out manoeuvred by politicians!!
    The end of the general practice is ........not far!
    Soon 10,000 GPs will be retiring, fresh graduates don't want to be GPs....

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  • We have suffered a huge reduction in pay per item of service - 50% or more. Chand is a nice guy, but he cannot see GP land is disappearing before his eyes. When are these folks going to toughen up or resign?

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  • What do you think when one group of your profession snidely (my reading) describes another part as part time females - for too long salaried and women GPs have been disparaged

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  • Leave the BMA, force them to act

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  • I don't know anyone whos ever been a BMA member

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  • Shame seems like such a nice guy BUT we don't need a nice soft negotiater we need someone tough and who will fight our corner. I'm sorry but i don't want Forrest Gump representing me - I want Chuck Norris!

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