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New GP contract will replace targets with seven day working

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5331 (Published 05 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5331
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

GPs in the United Kingdom will be offered a new contract, with scaled-back targets in exchange for seven day services, the government has announced.

The prime minster, David Cameron, said on the BBC’s current affairs Andrew Marr Show on 4 October that the government would be publishing a new GP contract “to get rid of the box ticking and the form filling and to focus on making sure people in our country can get access to a GP on a seven day a week basis, 8 am to 8 pm.”

The BMA condemned the government for announcing the new GP contract with no prior discussion with the association and no regard to the problems facing primary care.

The new contract, which will be voluntary, will …

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