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Scottish GPs to debate severing UK contract ties

Scottish GPs are due to debate whether to break all ties with the UK contract at their annual LMC conference next week.

The move comes after Scottish GPC negotiatiors departed from a previous Scottish LMC conference decision to continue to support the UK-wide contract, after being handed an olive branch by the Scottish Government to avoid the terms of the contract imposition in England.

Ayrshire and Arran LMC have proposed a motion that reads: ‘That this conference recognises the growing divergence in health service direction and policy between London and Edinburgh administrations and welcomes moves towards a Scottish GP contract.’

Other motions up for debate at the conference includes calls for more investment into Scottish primary care to fund the increase in workload from QOF and to safeguard GPs from accepting any more work from secondary care without proper resourcing.

The annual Scottish LMC conference will take place in Glasgow next week.