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Scottish GPs back new contract making them “expert medical generalists”

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 04 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5626
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Glasgow

The proposed new contract for family doctors in Scotland has been backed at a special conference of local medical committees where the Scottish government announced plans to recruit an additional 800 GPs over the next 10 years.

LMC leaders were asked for their views on the potential of the new contract to reduce workloads, make the service more sustainable and attractive; and reduce the risks to GPs associated with owning premises and employing staff. In each case there was a majority in agreement, with the conference registering votes of between 79% and 85% in favour of the new contract.

The new deal, which has been agreed between the BMA and the Scottish government, seeks to establish GPs as “expert medical …

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