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GPs get a new contract “to transform their lives”

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7344.994 (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:994
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs are being offered a brand new contract that promises to transform their working lives and end the disillusionment that has pervaded the profession for the past decade, hampering recruitment and driving many doctors out of general practice.

    For the first time—if the proposals are accepted—GPs throughout the United Kingdom will be contracted to their practice or primary care trust rather than to the NHS and will have the option of drawing a salary rather than operating as independent contractors. They will also stop having 24 hour responsibility for their patients …

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