Crisis in general practice: the problem of “independent” contractor statusBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1334 (Published 08 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1334
- Naureen Bhatti, general practitioner1,
- Azeem Majeed, professor of primary care2
- 1Limehouse Practice, London E14 8HQ, UK
- 2Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
Roland and Everington rightly highlight the crisis in general practice and the need for greater investment.1 However, there is a third elephant in the room: continued support for “independent” contractor status.
There is inequity of current funding models, with three different contracts delivering variable and inequitable reimbursement based neither on measured workload nor on population …