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Rural GPs 'unanimously' oppose new Scottish GP contract

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This new GP contract could be the death knell for remote and rural practice. Despite the Earnings and Expenses survey showing remote GPs have the highest costs , the lowest income and spend the longest time with their patients the new Scottish Allocation Formula removes any rural weighting and gives the vast majority of the new £23 million to urban practices. You might think the BMA or especially the Scottish Government would care about the needs of rural Scotland, but this cavalier attitude means that remote practices will remain the hardest to recruit GPs to, never mind the promised by 2021 expanded team of staff. Maybe we should not be surprised as our negotiators are yet to apologise for letting GP partner income here fall 2.5% in 2015/16 . An annual loss to practices of £23 million .... where have I heard that figure recently ? This is either incompetence which I actually doubt or a deliberate attempt to exert pressure on Scottish GPs to sign up for their proposed not quite as good as salaried model. Hopefully Scottish GPs especially those in rural areas will think long and hard about what this contract offer means for them and their patients.

Posted date

23 Nov 2017

Posted time

2:00pm

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