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Salaried GPs polled on future of model contract

By Steve Nowottny

Salaried GPs are to be polled on the future of the BMA model contract, amid a growing partner-led rebellion over ‘unrealistic' terms and conditions.

The GPC's Sessional GPs subcommittee will this week begin surveying a sample of its members to gather ammunition ahead of an expected showdown at the LMCs' conference next month.

A motion submitted to the conference by Dr Dermot Kenny, vice-chair of Greenwich LMC, states that partners are ‘concerned that some of the provisions in the model contract of employment for salaried doctors are totally unrealistic' and calls for a ‘radical revision'.

Senior GPC members have also urged for the contract's terms to be revised, while a law firm provoked a furious row last October after issuing step-by-step guidance to partners on how to ‘escape the dreaded' model contract.

But Dr Vicky Weeks, chair of the GPC Sessional GPs subcommittee, told salaried GPs in the BMA newsletter: ‘In the name of making amendments, some have called for the CPD provisions and/or the continuity of service provisions to be removed from the model contract. In my view, that would be a severe watering down of the present contract for all salaried GPs.'

‘Since there may be calls from some for the contract to change, I would like to be armed with your views.'

‘The model contract was a major win for us,' she added. ‘I have serious concerns as to whether a revision would be the right thing to do.'

A BMA spokesperson said there were currently no plans to survey partners on the model contract's future.

Dr Vicky Weeks: launched poll in advance of challenge to salaried contract at upcoming LMCs' conference Dr Vicky Weeks: launched poll in advance of challenge to salaried contract at upcoming LMCs' conference

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