MPIG top negotiating priority

GPs feel that protecting their practice income is the main priority for GPC negotiators as expenses soar.

A GP survey of 107 delegates at this year's LMCs conference revealed a third felt MPIG protection should be the GPC negotiators' main priority. Just under a third wanted an inflationary pay rise to be the top priority.

For the past two years practice income has dominated delegates' priorities, a shift from 2006, when keeping the quality framework unchanged was the top priority.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: 'We have seen practices with a net income drop of between 10 and 20 per cent.'

Meanwhile, GP can reveal GP partners faces a drop in profit of up to £6,000 on average this year as expenses rise by 5 per cent and income remains frozen.

Energy bills and pay rises for staff mean GPs have to work harder to stop profits falling, said Mike Gilbert, of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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