GP contract delivers on just two of 13 government aims

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:465
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The new contract for GPs in England has delivered good progress on only two of the 13 benefits that the Department of Health anticipated when it negotiated the deal, says a study from the public spending watchdog.

    The contract, which was designed to modernise general practice and increase the number of GPs as well as improve morale among the profession, saw primary care trusts take on the role of commissioning primary care services from general practices.

    But the contract, which was fully implemented in England in April 2004, has cost £1.76bn (€2.34bn; $3.46bn) more in its first three years than the Department of Health anticipated and has failed to increase productivity in the NHS, …

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