PMS GPs want MPIG to aid switch to GMS

More than half of PMS GPs would consider returning to GMS contracts if they were guaranteed an MPIG or protected growth funding.

PMS GPs want MPIG to aid switch to GMS
PMS GPs want MPIG to aid switch to GMS

Half would consider returning with an MPIG, and 59 per cent if growth money was protected.

Practices that return to GMS are not automatically entitled to MPIG protection, but the DoH says PCTs can 'award and determine an MPIG based on robust supporting evidence from practices'. PMS growth funding can also be continued as part of GMS allocations or converted to local enhanced service deals.

Growth money is a top-up to core pay that most PMS practices receive. Around 40 per cent of practices in England hold PMS contracts.

Four out of five PMS GPs who took part in a GP survey said their practice received growth money. They received between £6,000 and £150,000 a year.

All respondents said their practice provided additional staff, services or both for the money. About three quarters employ extra GPs, 80 per cent extra nurses, and 60 per cent deliver extra services.

GP leaders said interest in returning to the national contract was linked to threats from PCTs to end locally negotiated PMS deals or cut growth funding.

Negotiations to end or alter PMS contracts are under way in London, East Anglia and the Midlands, but GP leaders say PMS contracts are under threat nationally.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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