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Health secretary announces ‘new deal’ for GPs tomorrow

GPs will be able to watch live as the health secretary reveals the Government’s promised ‘new deal’ to improve the conditions of general practice tomorrow morning.

GPs can tune into Pulse Today from 9.30am on Friday to view a live streaming of Jeremy Hunt’s speech, set to be given in a London GP practice.

To date, no exact details have been given on the deal, but Mr Hunt said previously that it must look at the ‘terms and confitions of general practice’, ‘why GPs have so much burnout’ and contractual targets.

The NHS Five Year Forward View, which the Government has pledged to fund, said ‘given the pressures they are under, we need a new deal for GPs’. It said this would include extra investment, stability of core GP funding for two years, more power handed to CCGs, priority given to increasing GP trainee numbers and ‘new options to encourage retention

Last week, the RCGP called for the deal to include a review into the burdens of QOF and CQC inspections including their potential scrapping.

Pulse editor Nigel Praities predicts that GPs will be likely to see more physicians associates and pharmacists brought in to help address the GP workforce crisis.

Join in on Friday to find out more and tweet to @PulseToday using the hashtag #GPnewdeal


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