High earning GPs are to face new restrictions as part of the new contract announced yesterday, it has emerged.
One set of restrictions will limit entrepreneurial activity by practices – while a second rule will require GPs earning more than £150,000 a year to be named.
The Guardian reported that NHS GPs will be banned from advertising private services in their surgeries. They will also be stopped from allowing firms that offer for-profit primary medical services to operate from their premises.
The restrictions will not stop practices from charging for routine tasks such as signing passports or providing insurance, it was reported.
The Telegraph reported that high earning GPs will be named from next year on a national database. The contract aims to kick start the development of primary care networks – managing up to 50,000 patients – and these will be responsible for up to 20,000 clinical support staff.
NHS England said: “The new contract makes it clear that GPs are focused on providing NHS services for their patients and bars them from advertising private GP services by a private company owned by them or another organisation.”