GP leaders concede defeat over pay distribution

GP leaders have been forced to accept a deal that means most GMS practices will see only half of the 0.8 per cent pay uplift for 2010.

Dr Buckman: refusing to disclose how he would have preferred to see pay uplift distributed
Dr Buckman: refusing to disclose how he would have preferred to see pay uplift distributed

A statement from the GPC and NHS Employers this week confirmed that the uplift would be distributed via a system proposed by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB).

Under the deal, half of the uplift will be invested in the global sum, with 'no corresponding increase to correction factor payments'.

This means the 68 per cent of practices reliant on MPIG will receive no pay rise at all from this part of the pay deal.

However, global sum-only practices will receive total uplifts in excess of the 0.8 per cent headline figure because 'money released through reductions in correction factor payments will be reinvested back into the global sum'.

BMA financial analysts have predicted some practices will see rises worth well over 1 per cent in total.

The other half of the uplift will be spread across elements of the GMS contract. It will be used to top up global sum, correction factor, QOF, enhanced service and locum payments 'in proportion to their current relative spend'.

The deal will boost QOF, enhanced services and locum payments by 0.41 per cent. The GMS price per weighted patient will rise from £63.21 to £64.59 in 2010/11. GP pay will be uplifted from 1 July and backdated to 1 April.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman refused to disclose how he would have preferred to see the pay uplift distributed.

'The government was not willing to move at all, so we will sadly accept this method of distributing pay,' he said.

'GPs will have to cut their income again. Expenses will rise, our pay will not.

'The amount coming to global sum practices is small, and the amount coming to MPIG ones even smaller.'

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