Scottish GPs to debate 'new salaried model' for general practice
By Gareth Iacobucci
Scottish LMCs will debate the possibility of adopting a new salaried model for general practice in-line with the NHS consultant contract, at their annual conference later this week.
The radical proposal is one of a number of motions to focus on problems emanating from the GP contract, and the current dearth of GP partnerships.
It asks the Scottish GPC to lead a debate which looks at ‘alternative methods of primary care provision', and ‘adopting a salaried model for general practice in line with the NHS consultant contract'.
A separate motion will call for the BMA in Scotland to renegotiate the new GP contract ‘to provide incentives for practices to take on partners rather than salaried doctors'.
The debate comes hot on the heels of a major new policy paper from the RCGP and BMA which envisages the end of distinct partner and salaried GP roles, to be replaced by a team-based system headed by a new breed of ‘primary care directors'
Other issues up for discussion at the conference include the extent to which GPs should be taking on manangement roles in the NHS; and the need for a clampdown on ‘underperforming practices' which ‘bring general practice into disrepute'.