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GPs’ Pay

Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Patricia Hewitt who said that with hindsight, it might have been better to cap the amount of money that GPs could get out of their contract, the PMOS replied that the DoH had not summarised her words in the same way as the BBC had. The important thing was that in the past, we had said that neither ourselves, nor the BMA, had anticipated that GPs would take up this ball in quite the way that they had. GPs were delivering better services to their patients, and were doing so on a daily basis. The contract had been signed this year, and that had meant that there was better services, and GPs were putting more back into those services.

Asked if No10 was worried it had been a bit "naïve" about the GPs’ contracts, the PMOS said that what was important was that when something was introduced as innovative, first of all, people should remember why it was done in the first place. There was a problem about the tension of GPs, and there was also a problem about attracting sufficient people of sufficient calibre to the GP service. That was no longer the case.

Put that that was because they all had so much money that they were all retiring, the PMOS said that that was not the case. There was now a system which suited both modern medicine as well as modern ways of life. In the past, we did not have that. It was important to constantly monitor and adapt the system, and we had done that this year.

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