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NHS-run GP practices 'outbid' independent contractors on locum fees


This is the sad and unintended result of the generous help that LHBs are putting into failed practices in Wales. I am now an ex-partner (from England) and have worked in 2 directly managed Welsh practices. Clinical practice is now complex and it is a pleasure to concentrate on improving this rather than having endless meetings with LMC and CCG and accountants where we spent our time agitating for a sustainable business. Admittedly this change to a salaried role is probably what the NHS wants and we have proved collectively pitiful as a profession at preventing this (Yes BMA I'm looking at you, Sir OneDayaWeek CBE MRCGP). It would be much more sensible to put our joint efforts now into securing a robust and well-structured salaried/ clinical leadership role for our profession (the NHS is really sunk without us) rather than fighting a piecemeal rearguard action to protect the 1948 partnership model. Our professional colleagues in law, accountancy, dentistry think we are morons for hanging on to the dangers of the partnership model. Time to grow up and press our professional advantage nationally. Heads up, look at the strategic picture, please.

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23 Mar 2018

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