New GP contract ‘catalyst’ to deliver promised funding and workforce to general practice, says RCGP
This is an edited version of a press release first published on the RCGP website.
Responding to the new GP contract negotiated by the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA and NHS England, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:
“This is an encouraging contract and we thank our colleagues at the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA for their negotiations on our behalf.
“We hope it will serve as a catalyst to deliver the funding and workforce pledges that have been made and are so desperately needed to ensure general practice is sustainable in the future.
“This contract should help us to deliver services that will be beneficial for patients whilst relieving workload and providing much needed support for hard pressed GPs.
“We are pleased that NHS England has responded to many of the recommendations made by the College in our recent Workforce Roadmap and has listened to the profession by making their proposed specifications for Primary Care Networks, which caused great consternation within the profession, less onerous. This should help to ensure that Primary Care Networks have the time and space to succeed.”