An agreement on the general medical services contract is unlikely to be reached in time for the April deadline, NHS Employers has reported.

NHS Employers GMS negotiating team chair Dr Barbara Hakin said that she had told the Department of Health that the British Medical Association's GPs committee had made it clear a negotiated agreement would not be met for 2007-08.

The committee said the offer from NHS Employers - which reflects the Department of Health's 1.5 per cent pay recommendation for other NHS staff - was not sufficient in terms of a rise, and the work expected from GPs.

An agreement on the general medical services contract is unlikely to be reached in time for the April deadline, NHS Employers has reported.

NHS Employers GMS negotiating team chair Dr Barbara Hakin said that she had told the Department of Health that the British Medical Association's GPs committee had made it clear a negotiated agreement would not be met for 2007-08.

The committee said the offer from NHS Employers - which reflects the Department of Health's 1.5 per cent pay recommendation for other NHS staff - was not sufficient in terms of a rise, and the work expected from GPs.