Royal College of GPs on 'welcome news for patients'

Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of GPs, has welcomed the new contract for doctors to be responsible to ensure over-75s receive appropriate co-ordinated care.

This is welcome news for patients and for GPs as it will help us to get back to our real job of providing care where it is most needed, rather than more box-ticking.

GPs need to have the time to listen to their patients, discuss the issues that are important to them, and be free to use professional judgment and medical evidence to provide the best personalised care possible according to the patient's individual needs.

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GPs agree new contracts

The Government and GPs have agreed a new contract. Among the changes are that over-75s will be assigned an accountable GP to ensure they receive co-ordinated care. The Health Secretary has also revealed proposals for GPs' salaries to be made public