GPC claims DDRB 'misunderstood' need for MPIG

The DDRB did not fully understand the need for MPIG when it recommended that core pay rises should cut correction factors, a GPC negotiator has said.

Dr Peter Holden
Dr Peter Holden

Dr Holden told last week's LMCs conference in London: ‘There has been an admission they may not have fully understood the issue.'

He later told GP: ‘I don't think they understood the consequences of it. A lot of people think that MPIG was a bung. It is not a bung, it is a necessity.'

Dr Holden said most of the DDRB's members ‘pre-date' the current contract. ‘They need to understand the history of the contract and the MPIG,' he said. Relations with the DDRB were ‘fragile', but the GPC was working to resolve these concerns, he said.

The DoH has yet to formally respond to the BMA's legal challenge over cuts to correction factors that mean over 90 per cent of practices will receive no increase in income this year.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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