New GP contract agreed

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A new contract for GPs in Scotland has been formally accepted by the profession.

The new contract will officially come into force on 1 April, and aims to bring about what has been described by the Scottish Government as “the biggest reform of GP services to Scotland in over a decade”.

At the heart of this proposed contract is a re-focusing of the role of GPs as Expert Medical Generalists – aiming to enable GPs to do the job they train to do and improve the care that people receive.

This will mean that some of the services currently performed by GPs will increasingly be done by other healthcare professionals in expanded multi-disciplinary teams.

Other aspects included in the new contract are a new funding formula for general practice that looks to better reflect practice workload while ensuring that the income of every practice in Scotland is protected.

The contract also covers new arrangements for GP premises, GP information technology and information sharing.

Mark Kelvin, Programme Director at the ALLIANCE has shared his analysis of the key features of the new contract and what it might mean for people accessing primary care services.

The Scottish Government are keen to hear your views on the contract and have asked the ALLIANCE to facilitate a series of workshops across Scotland. For more information on an event near you please contact gregory.hill-oconnor@alliance-scotland.org.uk.