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BMA accepts new GP contract deal after requirements for primary care networks are pared back

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 07 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m533
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has accepted a package of changes to the GP contract for 2020-21, which includes scaled back requirements for primary care networks (PCNs) and funding to attract GPs into partnerships.

The announcement comes after the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC) rejected a proposed updated contract from NHS England in January and condemned the work that primary care networks (PCNs) are expected to deliver over the next four years.1

As part of the newly accepted contract, draft service specifications for PCNs—outlining the responsibilities of these groups of practices and community providers in the coming years —have been significantly pared back.

GPs will no longer be asked to perform fortnightly care home visits as earlier proposed.2 Instead, working with a community multidisciplinary team, it will be for PCNs to decide who delivers a weekly review of those care home residents, based on clinical …

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