Published: 22/04/2002, Volume II4, No. 5902 Page 33

Radcliffe Medical Press.£24.95

Andrew Spooner's Quality in The New GP Contract is an attempt at a comprehensive view of the 2004 general medical services contract in relation to primary and secondary care.

The book is divided into three sections.Part one focuses on the background of the contract and the previous attempts to create change in primary care.

It also looks at how the existing general practice structure is organised, and examines future methods of change.

Part two looks into the contract's background, highlighting the framework used to determine quality. It discusses how to assess the service enhancement that Spooner believes will emerge from the new criteria.

The outcome of the new contract is explained in great detail in the third section.The primary care organisation's role is examined in detail, in terms of staff management and how to organise future budgets.

How to train staff in gaining suitable skills for the future are considered, with a focus on continuous education and training on involvement of patients in their own care structure.