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Health secretary to announce ‘new deal’ for GPs on Friday

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce details of the Government’s promised ‘new deal’ for general practice this Friday.

The announcement is expected to outline how the Government plans to fulfil promises to make general practice a more attractive career again, amid a crisis in recruitment and retention and rising number of GPs struggling and burning out.

In his first speech following the election, Prime Minister David Cameron trailed the announcement, saying it would include ‘more investment, more training and a more personal link with patients’.

Meanwhile the RCGP, which alongside the BMA has been lobbying the Government on plans to improve GPs’ situation, said last week that the new deal should scrap the QOF and consider removing the ‘unnecessary burden’ of CQC inspections in a bid to help stressed GPs.

For full coverage and expert analysis of the ‘new deal’, stay tuned to PulseToday later this week


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