This is one survey you don't want to delete
Posted on 30 January 2013 by Laurence Buckman
What is it about some surveys that encourage people to complete them? Are you a natural filler-in or a knee-jerk deleter? Do you simply ignore or frantically start clicking away with a bevy of views? Whatever your natural inclination, the latest BMA survey for GPs on changes to our contract is one that you should not ignore.
As many of you will be aware, the government decided to end negotiations with the BMA about alterations to the GP contract in October 2012 and instead unveiled a raft of proposals that in my view will have a profound impact on practices across England.
Workload will go up, while funding could plummet, with an average practice losing £31,000 a year. It is not a pleasant proposition, not least as north of the border BMA Scotland and the Scottish government have reached a deal that is far better than the one that sits on the table for their English colleagues.
But we now want the views of GPs on the ground about how this imposition will affect them. The results will help inform our response to the English government’s consultation on this issue.
So don’t just delete this survey. Your thoughts really do count! Questions cover a variety of issues. Will practices need to consider getting rid of staff, bringing cuts in pay, or working even longer or harder? Will you carry on with your present level of involvement with the NHS or are you going to have less time to get involved with your local clinical commissioning group? What about retirement — will you consider going early?
And to help you make you get up to speed about the government’s proposals, the BMA has provided a cupboard full of resources, from roadshows being held across the country, to guides and other online resources, like a ready reckoner so you can calculate the financial impact on your practice.
Every GP needs to complete this survey so that their views can be included. Don’t delete — complete!
Laurence Buckman is chair of the BMA GPs committee
general practioners committee
clinical commissioning group