GPC warns of tough year ahead

2010/11 'will not be a year of financial stability' and practices with large MPIGs may see less of this year's pay award, according to the GPC's annual report.

Dr Buckman: many health policy changes coming regardless of which party wins the election
Dr Buckman: many health policy changes coming regardless of which party wins the election

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman suggested practices not reliant on correction factor payments are likely to receive slightly more than other GMS practices in 2010/11.

The GPC and NHS Employers have not yet agreed exactly how this year's 0.8% pay award will be distributed, writes Dr Buckman.

PMS practices are likely to face ‘stringent demands' from PCTs, which are being ‘leaned on by the DoH to implement the new ‘quality and productivity' agenda', the report says.

The year ahead will bring a raft of health policy changes regardless of which party wins the election, writes Dr Buckman.

‘Some, such as those involving practice boundary change and out-of-hours commissioning arrangements, could have major implications for the profession and national contracts, as well as for patients.'

The GPC is continuing to work with the government to ensure work moving into primary care from hospitals is matched with adequate resources, the report says.

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