Row over doctor hours21st December 2007
Moves to get GPs to work in the evenings and at weekends have led to a rift between doctors and the government.
Negotiations between the two parties has been going on since October but are reported to be at breaking point.
GPs say ministers have put a â€śgun to our headâ€? with ministers warning that they will push through a tougher deal if GPs do not agree.
While doctors are willing to open for longer, there is disagreement over how long it should be for and the penalties for not doing so.
The dispute is against a backdrop of rising GP pay, which is up 30% to ÂŁ110,000 a year in the first two years of their new contract which started in 2004. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made extending GP hours a priority, although the governmentâ€™s survey of 2m patients earlier this year showed 84% were happy with opening.
The British Medical Association is happy for longer opened and without any extra money, but only wants to offer two extra hours a week for every 6,000 patients.
Dr Laurence Buckman, of the BMAâ€™s GP committee, said the governmentâ€™s method of negotiation was â€śnothing short of a disgrace.â€?
He added: â€śThe vast majority of our patients, and in particular those with chronic diseases or mothers with young children, prefer to come to surgeries during the day. They will be the ones who lose out if GPs are forced to work differently.â€?
Health Minister Ben Bradshaw suggested the BMA was putting the interests of doctors ahead of patients.
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Wednesday 26th December 2007 @ 18:03
A system must have the flexibility for adjustments to meet the end user requirements or the existing system may becomes abortive under competition.
What will be case if private service providers are prepared to comply with the demands at no additional expenditure or any import of risk to NHS or the patients?
Mr.Ullas Ran - Chairman of Pharmacare UK Ltd
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Title: Row over doctor hours
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5168
Date Added: 21st Dec 2007