New GMS failing areas of greatest need

The GMS contract has failed to direct resources to areas of greatest need, LMCs believe.

Dr Eric Rose
Dr Eric Rose

Morgannwg LMC member Dr Sean Young told the 2007 LMCs conference: 'I work in a deprived area in Wales. The failure of the new contract to direct resources there is a failure of society to look after some of its most deserving populations.'

He said that funding clawbacks as trusts tightened their belts to recoup deficits would hit underfunded areas hardest.

But GPC member Dr Eric Rose argued that the new GMS formula was not intended to resolve health inequalities, but to recognise GP workload.

Dr Young said high prevalence did affect workload, and funds that could have enabled his practice to hire more GPs had 'disappeared into the MPIG'.

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