Should general practice give up the independent contractor status?

Roger Jones (Editor), Azeem Majeed, Naureen Bhatti, Peter Murchie, Richard Vautrey, Rebecca Rosen

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The independent contractor status of GPs has been an article of faith since the NHS was established in 1948. A salaried service was devised for hospital consultants but essentially, GPs have been self-employed ever since. This has led to the small business model of general practice and was at the heart of the partnership system. Now many GPs opt for sessional, salaried, often portfolio employment, and the number of GP partners is in steady decline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-316
Number of pages3
JournalThe British Journal of General Practice
Issue number635
Early online date25 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


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