The NHS Confederation's team of negotiators drawing up a new GP contract with the British Medical Association will comprise five chief executives and one doctor.

The confederation was given responsibility by health secretary Alan Milburn for negotiating a new contract for GPs after an alleged lack of progress between the BMA and ministers led to resignation threats by GPs in a BMA ballot.

The core negotiating team is chaired by Tees health authority chief executive Mike Farrar, who was previously NHS head of primary care.

The other team members will be:

Mansfield primary care trust chief executive Eleri de Gilbert, Leeds HA chief executive Mike Ramsden, North Peterborough PCT chief executive Chris Town, Borders PCT chief executive John Turner, and East Kent HA medical adviser and clinical governance lead Dr To n y S n e l l .

The membership of a wider reference group will be revealed soon, with formal negotiations set to start next month.