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NHS England, government and BMA agree new GP contract for 2017/18

 

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NHS England, government and BMA agree new GP contract for 2017/18

NHS England, the government, and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee have reached agreement on changes to the general practice contract in England that will benefit both patients and GPs.

The new agreement includes an increased focus on some of the most vulnerable, with tailored annual reviews offered to frail pensioners, and an increase in the number of health checks for people with learning disabilities.

The new contract also includes provisions to encourage practices to expand access and not to close for half a day a week. GP practices which regularly close for mornings or afternoons on a week day will lose their eligibility for the current extended hours scheme claimed by most practices. Practices who club together with other GPs in their local area to offer more evening and weekend appointments will be eligible for extra non-contractual funding over and above the current scheme.