Does my practice have to use the BMA Salaried GP Contract?

CCGs, GMS and PMS practices employing GPs have to use the BMA Salaried GP Model Contract (it's been illegal to otherwise do so since 1st April 2004, with PMS practices coming on board in 2015). NHS Professionals partly administer the scheme, and can turn down a practices/PCTs application if the model contract is not being used.

Although PMS practices don't have to offer the BMA Salaried GP Model Contract, don't forget that you DO NOT have to sign anything that you're not happy with.

NASGP advice remains that a salaried GP should never accept anything less than the BMA Salaried GP Model Contract.

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  1. Watch out for practices that use Peninsula Medical as their insurer/adviser, as they appear to recommend wording that the contract "is based on the BMA model contract", implying that it meets the legal criteria, when in fact the practice may not know if their contract is 'at least as good as' the Model one, and may have forgotten to include items like pay scale increments, business mileage payments, the additional 2 annual NHS holidays besides bank holidays, and dispute resolution procedures, and can be very wishy-washy as to whether they are for Model-standard session lengths when negotiating hourly rates. You may think you are negotiateing price for 3.5 or 4.1 hours when you are negotiating for 5.5 hour sessions, or longer. Even the BMA advice line gets this messed up! Also, if practice says it has had BMA advice on something and it appears to be a different interpretation to what is shown at NASGP, it is likely it came from Peninsula and not from BMA, even if practice said it came from BMA!

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