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Primary care networks: revised contract averts GP mutiny but staffing challenges remain

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m605
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London, UK

Major concessions from NHS England have eased fears that primary care networks will overburden GPs, but Matthew Limb hears that recruitment and premises remain sticking points

The new GP contract deal that secures full national funding for additional practice staff will make it far easier for practices to recruit and build primary care networks (PCNs), GP leaders said this week.1

But bigger practice teams will need more space to work in, and the success of networks will hinge on whether the government is willing to boost capital funds to revamp GP premises across England, they warned.

“One of the problems we still have is where to put these people,” said Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC).

Vautrey was speaking at a special BMA conference on the next steps for PCNs, held in Birmingham on Saturday 8 February.

Less than 48 hours earlier, GPC England had accepted a hard won package of changes to the GP contract for 2020-21 after NHS England radically amended its …

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