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GPs in England express dismay at “final” 2.23% contract offer

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q536 (Published 29 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q536
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS England’s plan to impose a deal offering a 2.23% funding increase for GPs this year will leave many practices financially unviable, GP leaders have warned.

In a letter to the profession on 28 February, NHS England’s national director for primary care, Amanda Doyle, set out what she described as the “final arrangements” for 2024-25.1 “NHS England will now begin the process of implementing the 2024-25 contract changes with detailed guidance and further information to be published in the coming weeks,” Doyle wrote.

The BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, which has been pushing for an improved settlement,2 has not agreed to the terms. On the eve of the letter being sent the GPC chair, Katie Bramall-Stainer, warned the government that it had 48 hours to improve its deal or risk setting off a “chain of events which will be deeply regrettable.”3

In its response to the letter the GPC said it would now proceed with its plan to ballot the profession on the contract between 7 and 27 March, the result of which could signal a move towards industrial action.

GP model will become unviable

Bramall-Stainer warned that the deal …

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