Information on GP contract changes continues to trickle through

Following announcements made last year, more information regarding GP contract changes continues to trickle through from the NHS Employers and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association (BMA).

In an attempt to alleviate the growing financial pressures experienced by many GP practices, NHS England and the GPC have agreed an investment boost of £220million for the 2016/17 contract.

The investment is intended to cover:

  • Pay increase of 1 per cent.
  • An increase to £9.80 for vaccination and immunisation service fees.

A change to the value of a QOF point (due to a Contractor Population Index adjustment).

  • Supplementary practice funding to cover business expenses, including additional CQC costs.

Other contract changes include:

  • A maximum indicative rate for locum doctors’ pay and a requirement to record instances where a practice pays a locum doctor more than an indicative maximum rate set out by NHS England.
  • A promise to reduce red tape and to manage the demand on GP services.
  •  A transfer to core funding of dementia resources. 
  • New requirements for GPs to record the availability of evenings and weekends for routine appointments.

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