Statement on the BMA Scottish General Practitioner Committee's decision to implement the proposed new GMS contract

Publication date: 18 January 2018

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, said: "The BMA's GP poll demonstrates that our profession has voted to accept a new direction of travel for general practice. It is no secret that general practice in Scotland has been facing mounting challenges for some time, compounded by an ever-increasing workload and a reducing workforce.

"The launch of the new contract and the polling of the profession has not been without its challenges and many GPs, particularly in remote and rural and in deprived urban practices, have raised concerns about the impact of the proposed changes and how this will affect delivery of patient care in their communities. However, many have also recognised the opportunities that this contract potentially offers to sustain and rebuild the profession that is at crisis point in many areas across the country.

"What is of prime importance is the urgent securing of more GPs. We have welcomed the Scottish Government's aim to supply an extra 800 GPs by 2027 but we are conscious of the coming shortfall of 856 Whole Time Equivalent GPs by 2021. That Whole Time Equivalent gap is of concern, manifesting itself currently through the pressure GP services are under with the resulting strain on patient care.

"With the decision of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee to implement the new contract, the work, in many ways, starts now. Over the next three years as the changes contained within this new contract are embedded, RCGP Scotland will seek to work collaboratively with the BMA, Scottish Government and colleagues across primary care to ensure that the views of the profession are heard. We will maintain our focus on building strong inter-professional relationships, and quality care that is both safe and sustainable. We will continue to champion the core values of general practice which make it intrinsic to the sustainability of the NHS in Scotland."

Further Information

David Webster
Communications and Public Affairs Manager
RCGP Scotland
020 3188 7739 / 07808 795 494
david.webster@rcgp.org.uk

Lizzie Edwards
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
020 3188 7741 / 07787 216 842
lizzie.edwards@rcgp.org.uk

Notes to editor

  1. RCGP Scotland represents a network of around 5,000 family doctors in Scotland aiming to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.

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