New GP contract agreed for 2016 to 2017

22 Feb 2016 10:07 AM

Government, NHS England and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee agree changes to the GP contract in England.

The new contract will see an investment of £220 million for 2016 to 2017, part of which will provide a pay uplift of 1% for GPs.

This agreement is the start of a process for investment, support and reform in general practice which both sides are working together to achieve, with a bigger package due to be announced soon.

NHS England and the GPC have also committed to take forward discussions in 2016 on a number of areas that include:

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said recently:

GPs are the bedrock of the NHS and I am determined to provide the support they need so they can spend more time with patients. Today’s deal is just the start of significant new investment for general practice which will help GPs to provide a truly modern, efficient service every day of the week.

The changes include:

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said recently:

Today’s welcome agreement between NHS England and the BMA provides GPs with some stability and support, and shows what can be achieved through sensible and constructive negotiation. However this contract is only one small element of a far wider package we’re jointly developing to help practices with workload, workforce and care redesign.

That will require radical new options, including further support for GP recruitment and return to practice, funding for additional primary care staff, new options for practice premises, a reduction in paper-based red tape, alternative approaches to indemnity cover, and redesigned out of hours, 111 and extended hours arrangements, to name just a few - all underpinned by much greater team working across individual practices.

Further details are available on the NHS Employers website.