At yesterday’s GPC meeting, the committee voted to accept limited changes to the GP contract in 2016/17.
This in no way detracts from the GPC’s mandate from the recent special conference to hold the government to account with an ultimatum to deliver a rescue package for general practice.
The changes offer some limited immediate financial support for practices, recognising the actual components of rising expenses, and is designed theoretically to deliver a net pay uplift rather than a pay cut. There is no new clinical workload requirement or any change to QOF, but the deeply unpopular imposed dementia DES is being removed with funding transferred to core, and vaccination item of service payments have increased 28% from £7.64 to £9.80.
Full details, including a press release from GPC , information on “non-contractual areas of agreement”, are covered in the letter to the profession and a FAQs document (links below). They are available on the BLMC web site and the GPC homepage of the BMA website.
Click here to download the document "Contract press release - embargoed".
Click here to download the document "FAQs".
Click here to download the document "Letter to the profession GP contract 2016-17".
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