So how was it for you? A year of the GMS ContractNever offer GPs money, they will just take itAn important step forwardsIs the GMS contract just for doctors? Or do patients benefit as well?Careful with the unintended consequences: INTO THE SUNLIT UPLANDS? Journal Articles uri icon

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  • As a PMS practice we were already comfortable with structured care, particularly in diabetes and ischaemic heart disease. At the beginning of the process of capturing data for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) we were fortunate to employ a truly excellent manager who went about this task with military thoroughness. The practice team has worked hard and each individual has contributed, so it has also been a good team building experience. We have achieved high QOF points and our income is likely to improve. Even better (O frabjous day!), we are no longer obliged to cover Saturday mornings or out of hours. Personally, I am much better off. So, if I knew what I know now, would I have voted for the new contract rather than against? Should I eat my words, admit I was wrong, and humbly apologise to Dr Reid’s cadres and to the GPC that this ignorant worm is now enlightened and grateful for their wisdom and foresight in making my life so wonderful? One way of approaching this question is to reflect on whether I would be quite so happy if we had to do all this without the increase in income, or if the removal from out-of-hours cover had not been on such ridiculously favourable financial terms. The profession has essentially been bribed to implement a population-based disease management programme that often conflicts with the individual patient-centred ethos of general practice. As a consequence, the ideal of general practice with the consultation (and all its ramifications) as its most important transaction is being undermined by a centralised drive for population targets and bureaucratic indicators. And to anyone trying to justify these targets and quality indicators by claiming that they are ‘evidence-based’, I would observe that they are evidence-based only in the sense that a …


  • Lipman, Toby
  • Johnstone, Chris
  • Roland, Martin
  • Wilkie, Patricia
  • Jewell, David A

publication date

  • May 2005