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New Scottish contract gets green light as 72% of GPs back its rollout

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@Decorum Est The £23m is not being distributed equally across all practices, but being targeted to those with the highest workloads who are currently not receiving due funding. This is largely those practices struggling with the urban age demographic which has not been adequately catered for previously. Next year the travesty of FT partners earning less than £80K pa will disappear, wherever they happen to work. The health boards will then have a responsibility over the next 3 years to take away management of immunisation, complex dressings and other hospital directed nonsense (no more can you check this in 1 week sort of stuff, DMARD monitoring etc). This will not lead to a loss in income, but will yield either extra time, or resources at the practices. I remain sceptical about how fertile the Magic Physio/nurse/pharmacist/paramedic tree will be, but the Govt have to be accountable for the success or failure of this strand. Also practices can start to hand over rental risks and even have their properties brought back over a longer timeframe, to lead to no buy-ins. @Roderick Shaw Will it lead to a salaried service? I guess old boys like you and I ultimately don't have much of a say in this, but I don't see how it definitely leads down that path. The Govt are aware that the current contractor service is 20% more efficient than a total salaried model and they don't have money to burn. They do have to make sure that the population has a GP service and I'm much more convinced that a service will exist in Scotland that matches the founding NHS principles than anywhere else in these Isles at the moment.

Posted date

18 Jan 2018

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6:21pm

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