Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


GPs get a new contract “to transform their lives”

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 27 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:994

Rapid Response:

Just what do GPs think of the new contract?

Rapid responses to the BMJ on the new GP contract (some of which are
published in paper form in this week's journal) suggest that many GPs are
sceptical about the new contract. But yesterday I met one of the
negotiators from the NHS Confederation side, and he told me that his
impression from meetings around the country was that 80% were in favour.

The fact that we have had so many responses against the contract and
few in favour might, he suggested, be because a handful of opponents have
been very active with writing to various publications. Some of the authors
are, he said, "the same old names."

But, I speculated, if 80% were in favour wouldn't a few more have
written to support the proposals?

Perhaps the reality is that there is no reality until the contract is
priced. Until then it's all posturing.

Richard Smith, Editor, BMJ

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 May 2002
Richard Smith