The BMA’s GP England (GPCE) committee has voted to accept a package of changes to the GP contract for 2020-21, which includes funding to attract more doctors to take up partnership roles and expand the practice team seeing patients in surgeries.
The agreement, which builds on the five-year deal announced last year, is the result of months of negotiations between the BMA, NHS England and NHS Improvement and comes three weeks after GPCE rejected an earlier deal.
Draft service specifications for Primary Care Networks (PCNs) – outlining the responsibilities of these groups of practices and community providers in the coming years – have been significantly pared back after widespread criticism from the profession that draft versions published by NHS England and NHS Improvement at the end of last year were unfair, unrealistic and burdened already struggling-practices with unsustainable workloads.
You can read more detail on the deal here.
The BMA’s PCN 2020 conference in Birmingham on Saturday 8 February will be an opportunity for attendees to hear about the agreed package in more detail from BMA representatives and NHS England on how this will impact and shape the future of PCNs. Attendees can also share best practices, network with peers and access practical support from experts in VAT, HR, legal issues and insurance.
For more information on the event go here.