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GPs call for “fee for service” contract that allows them to charge for private services

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2944 (Published 29 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2944
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The current General Medical Services (GMS) contract has been deemed “outdated and inadequate for the current healthcare environment” by representatives at England’s 2021 local medical committee (LMC) conference.

A motion proposed by GP Russell Brown from East Sussex LMC and passed in full on 26 November said that General Practitioners Committee England (GPC England) must now negotiate a fee for service contract rather than the current block contract.

It added that the new contract should also allow practices to offer private services alongside NHS services, “where such services are not commissioned by the …

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