Correction factors cut from October

Correction factors will be cut from 1 October, the GPC has announced.

GPC negotiators say the DoH has acknowledged that the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body's (DDRB) recommendation to cut correction factors is illegal, so is now consulting on how to implement it legally.

The move means the 2.7 per cent global sum uplift proposed by the DDRB will be absorbed by an equivalent cut to correction factors for the 90 per cent of practices which rely on MPIG.

In October practices without an MPIG will receive a lump sum equivalent to a 2.7 per cent uplift in their global sum backdated to April.

The result of the DoH consultation is expected to be a formality.

PMS practices do not use MPIG so their funding will be negotiated locally and unaffected by these changes.

Some LMCs claim PMS practices are entitled to receive whatever the global sum rises by - 2.7 per cent in 2008/9 - but this is dependent on which type of PMS contract practices have agreed with their PCT.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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