BMA aims to fix prevalence formula flaw

A flaw in the quality framework's prevalence formula, which has seen practices with twice the average prevalence of some conditions paid the same as those with none, could still be fixed by April, the BMA has claimed.

‘The current position won't stay, that's certain,' said Jon Ford, the head of the BMA's health policy unit. ‘NHS Employers and us are of one mind.'

But any solution is likely to depend on the scale of the increase in the overall budget for GPs. 

There will be no uplift if GPs reject the 1.5 per cent increase offered by the DoH.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the GPC, said that a change to the prevalence formula was ‘actively being negotiated', but that the BMA was wary of unintended consequences. 

‘There is an inherent and unwitting unfairness in the way the formula has worked,' he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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