Out of hours deal rejected by general practitioners

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1392
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    British family doctors have overwhelmingly rejected a package on out of hours cover because of what they see as derisory pricing. The package, which has been put together after many difficult negotiating meetings with the Department of Health, would offer general practitioners an average of £2000 a year plus £9 for each consultation between 10 pm and 8 am.

    There was anger and dismay at last week's meeting of the General Medical Services Committee when members realised that the government had priced their services at 2.8p per patient per week while at the same time acknowledging “the particular stresses faced by many doctors when offering services to their patients in the evenings, nights, and weekends.”

    The GMSC rejected the package by 53 votes to eight. Proposals to ballot the profession and consult local medical committees were defeated: speakers said …

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