GPs agree new three-year contract with Scottish government

Family doctors have agreed a new three-year contract with the Scottish government.

GPs will have less of their pay related to performance but will no longer automatically receive a "golden hello" bonus when they first join the NHS.

Earlier this year it was announced GPs would receive a 1% pay rise.

GP leaders have welcomed the commitment to a three-year deal, which they said would provide "stability and financial security" for practices.

Dr Alan McDevitt, chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee, said: "This will allow GPs to spend less time ticking boxes and more time focusing on the patient in the consultation."

Health secretary Alex Neil said the pay deal proved the government was "continuing to support, build upon and sustain Scottish general practice".

He added: "This contract emphasises the importance of the professionalism of GPs, and demonstrates our commitment to a significant period of stability of the contract and for funding."

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