£105m GMS uplift 'stuck in PCT coffers'

Exclusive - The DoH has failed to honour the promise of a 1.5 per cent increase in investment in England this year, say LMC leaders.

The £105 million investment was part of the package that GPs voted for as ministers threatened to impose revisions to the contract earlier this year.

But LMC leaders say the money has either disappeared into PCT budgets completely or has come too late in the financial year to have an impact.

Nearly half of the £105 promised (£50 million) is earmarked for improving local enhanced services (LESs).

But the situation across PCTs is confused. A spokeswoman for Sandwell PCT admitted: 'We don't have any additional funding from the DoH. We are using existing money to invest in LESs.'

Of more than 40 PCTs contacted by GP, only Lincolnshire PCT could explain how it planned to invest in LESs.

Wessex LMC chief executive Dr Nigel Watson said the new clinical DESs, also worth £50 million, came too late in the year and the £50 million for local services was being swallowed into PCT budgets.

'It's a major issue that we went for option A (during the contract talks) to get a 1.5 per cent uplift. But we won't get any of the money for local services this year.'

Devon LMC chairman Dr Peter Joliffe told LMC members this week that the investment was spread so thinly that 'it hardly makes you think the DoH really wants this work done'.

Dr Chris Locke, chairman of Nottingham LMC, added: 'It is unfortunate. I'm not sure how confident we were that the 1.5 per cent would find its way into GPs' accounts in the first place.

Medical accountant Bob Senior described the DoH distribution of the 1.5 per cent as 'smoke and mirrors'. 'I would be very surprised if we see that 1.5 per cent making its way into practices this year,' he said.


Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published


GP leaders demand urgent funding to maintain safety in general practice

Underfunding and staff shortages in general practice have put patient safety at risk,...

Labour shadow health secretary Wes Streeting

Labour plans neighbourhood walk-in GP centres open seven days a week

Labour would set up new neighbourhood walk-in GP hubs that could be open seven days...

BMA sign

What questions is the BMA asking GPs to shape its vision for general practice?

GPs are being asked for their views on continuity of care, contracts, safe working...

Scotland's cabinet secretary for health and social care Michael Matheson

Primary care will need bigger share of NHS funding in future, Scottish health secretary says

The share of NHS funding that goes to primary care will have to increase if the health...

Sign pointing to hospital

NHS England seeks to clarify GPs' responsibilities when using advice and guidance

New guidance from NHS England has set out the clinical responsibilities and medicolegal...

Widespread joint pain - red flag symptoms

Presentations and red flag symptoms that may alert you to potentially serious conditions...