Scotland to allow nurses to hold GMS contracts

Posted on September 16, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

Healthcare Republic | Tom Moberly | 16 September 2009

Nurses and commercial organisations in Scotland are set to be able to hold GMS contracts, following Scottish parliament recommendations that primary care legislation be revised. 

Dr Dean Marshall

Dr Dean Marshall



The Scottish parliament’s health committee has asked the Scottish government to remove restrictions which prevent non-GPs holding GMS contracts.

The committee backed an argument from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) that restrictions on who can hold GMS contracts limit opportunities to provide primary medical services.

Dr Dean Marshall, GPC Scotland chairman, warned: ‘Any attempts to dilute this legislation could potentially have an impact on the future of NHS general practice as we know it and politicians from all parties should think carefully before taking us down this route.’

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said the idea of non-GPs holding GMS contracts was ‘bizarre’. ‘Whoever has proposed this doesn’t understand contracts or contract law,’ he said. ‘Nurses do not have the qualifications to be GPs. If they want to be GPs, they can retrain.’

Read this week’s GP dated 18 September for the full version of this story.

Editor’s blog: Should nurses hold GMS contracts?

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GP and MP-to-be condemns QOF and new GMS contract

Posted on September 7, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

Healthcare Republic | Jonn Elledge | 7 September 2009

The Devon GP and potential next Conservative MP for Totnes has condemned both QOF and the new GMS contract as ‘wasted opportunities’ in an exclusive GP interview.


Dr Sarah Wollaston

Dr Sarah Wollaston



Chagford’s Dr Sarah Wollaston, who was selected earlier this summer in Britain’s first open primary, said of QOF: ‘If it can’t be counted then it doesn’t count. That is not great care.’

Dr Wollaston said that the introduction of the new GMS contract in 2004 had created a tick-box culture’.

She was inspired to join politics by the successful campaign to save the district hospital at nearby Moretonhampstead.

Dr Wollaston warned GPs that they should be ‘realistic’ about funding.

‘I do think that at the moment GP income isn’t bad,’ she said. ‘We need to get away from the clocking-off mentality creeping into the profession.’

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