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NHS and government agree new GP contract

23rd March 2018

The NHS and the government have agreed a new GP contract for 2018 to 2019, which will see a GBP 256 million investment in general practice.

Representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care met with NHS Employers and the British Medical Association's General Practitioners Committee (GPC) to discuss a new pay deal.

Collectively, they reached an agreement that includes a one percent pay uplift, along with a three percent uplift in expense claims and greater cover for indemnity costs.

Richard Vautrey, chair of the GPC, believes the proposed contract changes represent the first step towards correcting ten years of pay cuts.

"For too long, GP pay has been in decline, despite working harder than ever to deliver more appointments in an increasingly under pressure NHS," he commented.

Mr Vautrey stated that from the very beginning of the negotiations, it was clear that it would not accept a one percent uplift for pay and expenses, and would insist it is time that GPs and their staff received a proper pay increase.

While he acknowledged that the deal will not single-handedly solve many of the issues GPs are currently facing, he said it builds on recent progress and provides stability to practices during a volatile and uncertain period.

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