GPC fights MPIG income cuts

Awarding less-than-inflation rises to practices with correction factors would be unacceptable, the GPC has warned.

Negotiations with NHS Employers about the GMS contract in 2007/8 are now at a 'delicate stage', according to the GPC.

Last month's GPC News stated: 'The GPC has consistently taken the approach that any deal for 2007/8 must include, as an absolute minimum, an inflationary rise to the contract.

'It has been made clear that any further release of quality framework points for replacement with harder work, or any attempt to erode MPIG by awarding inflationary rises only to practices with no correction factors, would be unacceptable.'

Other negotiating priorities for the GPC were an expanding practice allowance, premises improvements and revised payments for temporary residents.

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum reiterated his promise at June's LMC conference that an inflationary rise for all GPs is the 'bottom line' of negotiations (GP, 23 June).

Earlier this year, the primary care White Paper said that the DoH would 'ask NHS Employers to consider MPIG and its impact on equity when discussing incentives for 2007/8 and beyond'.

Up to 80 per cent of practices rely on correction factors, but in some primary care organisation areas the figure is as high as 100 per cent.

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