BMA – What’s new for sessional GPs

BMA – What’s new for sessional GPs

Make your voice heard: sessional GP survey No one knows anything about sessional doctors – one of five reasons to fill in our survey and help us fight for change, explains sessional GPs subcommittee chair Zoe Norris Read more and complete the survey   On 6 April, the legislation that affects how people work through limited companies is changing. Subcommittee executive member Matt Mayer answers the crucial questions. Find out more In response to Simon Stevens At the Working together to sustain general practice conference, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens expressed concern about the ‘casualisation’ of the GP workforce. We need to clarify some things about locum GPs, says sessional GPs subcommittee member Paula Wright. Read more News from Wales and Scotland Contract changes for 2017/18, NHS email addresses, an increase in money paid for undergoing appraisal – Wales representative Nimish Shah and Scotland representative Mary O’Brien give an update on recent developments. Read more Meet your local committee rep   Representing sessional GPs in the north east Paula Wright explains the role of the North East Sessional GP group, suggests useful tools and guidance for life as a sessional GP, and lists her five priorities for the future. Read the blog   Firearms licensing process: GP support guide The role of GPs in the firearms licensing process continues to raise concerns and prompt debate. See our guidance and read the Q&A from yesterday’s webchat   Celebrating the progress of women doctors In many parts of the world, medicine is still a male domain. From Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify as a physician, to campaigner Humayra...
BMA – Learn more about GP contract changes

BMA – Learn more about GP contract changes

Dear ,   I wrote to you last week with details of our negotiated agreement for GP contract changes from April 2017.   I’m pleased that we have received positive feedback from many of you regarding these changes, which should relieve GPs and practice staff of bureaucratic work and provide more resources. To reiterate the main changes:   Ending of the AUA DES (avoiding unplanned admissions direct enhanced service) in April 2017, with funding moved to core budgets. There will be a requirement to review patients living with extreme frailty, based on clinical judgement, with no forms to fill or claims to make Full reimbursement of CQC (Care Quality Commission) fees Practice payment to cover indemnity-fee rises Non-discretionary reimbursement to cover GP sickness absence, with no list-size criteria, and with provision for internal GP cover Learning disability DES payment uplift from £116 to £140 per check Recognition of specific expenses – increased employer NHS superannuation costs, increased workload in bagging and labelling notes from Primary Care Services England or Capita and completion of workforce census reports Five million pounds to cover administrative costs for new patient self-declaration of European Health Insurance Card or S1 status at registration An overall intended pay uplift of 1% The global sum per weighted patient is set to rise from £80.59 to £85.35 in 2017/18. This is a 5.9% increase overall.   Full details of the contract changes are available on our webpages here, and we have also produced a set of FAQs I hope you will find helpful. We are holding a GP contract webchat on Wednesday 22 February from 12.30pm to 1.30pm...
BMA – Important Message to all GPs in  England on GP contract changes for 2017/18

BMA – Important Message to all GPs in England on GP contract changes for 2017/18

I am writing to let you know that GPC (general practitioners committee) England has concluded negotiations and reached agreement with NHS Employers on changes to the GP contract for 2017/18. In line with policy from the 2016 LMC conference and the views of GPs (sourced in part through our survey of the profession), our aim in these contract negotiations has been to: − provide stability to GMS/PMS contracts where possible − secure much needed funding to address GP practice expenses and increase core resources − tackle unnecessary bureaucratic workload, which takes vital time away from clinical care for our patients. We have fought hard for changes that we believe offer significant improvements to the contract and benefit and better support GPs and practice teams. While we welcome the positives secured in this agreement, the crisis facing general practice cannot be solved by contractual revisions alone. The crisis is largely a result of wider pressures outside our contract – with soaring demand, a critical shortage of GPs, inadequate NHS funding, excessive regulatory and bureaucratic burdens, and unresourced and inappropriate workload shift. We have therefore been in parallel discussions with NHS England and the Department of Health on tackling these wider issues, through ensuring that NHS England honours its commitments in the General Practice Forward View, as well as those we are taking forward through our Urgent Prescription. GMS contract changes for 2017/18 GPC England has overwhelmingly voted to accept the negotiated contract changes for 2017/18. A summary of the main agreed changes are as follows (for further details please visit our GP contract web page). AUA (Avoiding Unplanned Admissions) directed enhanced service We have negotiated that...