Salaried, freelance and locum GPs: GP contract changes will affect you
Posted on 6 February 2013 by Vicky Weeks
The focus of much of the comment, coverage and concerns about the government’s proposed changes to the GP contract have fallen on how GP partners will have to manage the impact of the double whammy of rising workload and contracting resources.
To an extent this is understandable – but sessional, freelance and locum GPs should not be lulled into thinking that this is something that doesn’t affect them or a headache they won’t have to deal with.
The changes will have a profound effect on the working environment of every GP. There will be more work to do and more targets to meet with fewer resources available in practices. These changes affect each GP, whatever their career portfolio or working pattern.
More worryingly, a spectre of staff cutbacks hangs over general practice. It is difficult to know how this will pan out, but it is almost certain that in this even harsher economic landscape, there will be fewer jobs to go round and diminishing pay levels for those in work.
This is why it is crucial that salaried, freelance and locum GPs don’t bury their heads in the sand. I would urge you to look at the available BMA’s resources and understand the impact of these proposed changes will have upon you and the rest of general practice, including the differences between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are in England, please take a few minutes to fill in the BMA’s survey about these changes – this will help inform our response to the government’s consultation on the proposals.
As BMA GPs committee chair Laurence Buckman said in his blog last week, this is one survey that GPs must not delete – and this is even more true for the many salaried, freelance and locum GPs who will have to work with the wide ranging ramifications from these ill thought out plans.
Vicky Weeks is chair of the GPC sessional GPs subcommittee
general practitioners committee