Primary Care Networks DES Ballot Outcome
Publication date: January 2021
In November 2020 the LMC England conference passed the following resolution for the BMA's GPCE (General Practice Committee England) to ballot the profession regarding the mandate to continue to negotiate the PCN DES:
"Conference notes that the BMA GPC (GP committee) England has never secured a robust democratic mandate for the PCN DES and so again asks the GPC England to secure a firm mandate from the entire profession by means of ballot before negotiating any extension or changes to the PCN DES for the year 2021 / 2022."
The ballot was held in early January with the following question: "Prior to any further negotiations, extension or changes for 2021/22, do you give GPC England a mandate for the PCN directed enhanced service?"
Voting has closed and the results have been validated and verified.
Total votes: 4,534
Yes: 80% (3,619)
No: 20% (915)
Richard Vautrey, GPC Chair, said: "This outcome provides a clear mandate from the profession for the PCN DES, and GPC England will therefore continue to negotiate on this, seeking improvements and further developing it, as part of the whole GP contract, for the benefit of practices and our patients."
The LMC will continue to monitor progress with the PCN DES both locally and nationally. If you have any queries please contact us.