Welsh practices face MPIG loses

Practices in Wales will be hit hardest by the abolition of MPIG, a study by GPs in England and Wales has concluded.

The pay gap between England and Wales will rise from 9 per cent to 11.2 per cent when MPIG goes
The pay gap between England and Wales will rise from 9 per cent to 11.2 per cent when MPIG goes

When MPIG goes, the per-patient pay gap between England and Wales will rise from 9 per cent to 11.2 per cent.

Practices in Wales lost £6.80 per patient from their global sums when the original 2004 Carr-Hill formula was changed, so they were compared with Welsh practices alone rather than with a UK mix.

In 2008, matched Welsh practices received 9 per cent less per patient than practices in England.

'Phasing out the income protection ... means ... the relative income deficit will grow from 9 per cent to 11.2 per cent,' GPs Dr Gwion Rhys and Dr Hank Beerstecher say in a study published in BMC Health Services Research.

'It would seem immoral to offer different payments to various contractors providing identical services,' Dr Rhys and Dr Beerstecher comment.

Click here to read the BMC Health Services Research study

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