Londonwide LMCs calls for gradual prevalence formula change

Changes to the prevalence formula must be brought in gradually to protect London's GPs from huge losses, says Londonwide LMCs.

Dr Michelle Drage (Photograph: Emilie Sandy)
Dr Michelle Drage (Photograph: Emilie Sandy)

Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, has called for the changes to be brought in after MPIG has been phased out.

‘We are not happy. Our practices are clearly the largest hit, to the tune of £11m.’

‘[The DoH] wanted to do this now to tick the health inequalities box. How is taking this money out of London helping that?’

First prevalence changes will be made from April with raw prevalence used from April 2011.

Dr Drage is working with NHS London to ensure the money is re-invested in primary care and not ‘hijacked’ to pay off acute trusts' debts. In December last year it was announced that £275m will be taken from PCTs’ budgets towards hospital deficits. 

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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