The new GP contract, announced on 31 January 2019, marks an important moment for general practice, underlining its role as ‘the bedrock of the NHS’. Alongside the recently published NHS long-term plan and GP partnership review, the contract is a welcome acknowledgement of the undoubted strain that general practice has been under and makes some practical changes to help to address some of the major causes of that pressure. Among these changes are some detailed initiatives on indemnity and pensions that might not receive much attention beyond the GP community but are absolutely critical to improving the recruitment and retention of GPs as recommended in the GP partnership review.

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