BMA builds response to GMS contract consultation

The GPC has begun gathering GPs' views to shape its response to a DH consultation on proposed changes to the 2013/14 GMS contract.

Dr Laurence Buckman: seeking views of profession
Dr Laurence Buckman: seeking views of profession

GMS contract reforms that the DH plans to impose would axe MPIG over seven years from 2014, creating six-figure swings in income, and could cut practices’ QOF income by £30,000.

In a letter to the profession, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said the GPC would survey GPs by email, to gather their views on the changes.

These views will then be used to ‘shape the BMA’s response’ to the DH consultation, which closes on 26 February, Dr Buckman said. GPs can also respond directly to the consultation using a DH online contact form or by writing to health secretary Jeremy Hunt. 

The GPC has developed a step-by-step guide for GPs to help assess how the contract changes will affect them.

It has also created a ‘ready reckoner’ tool for practices to estimate how much their funding will be effected by changes to QOF.

The GPC has warned that the removal of organisational points from QOF could cut  the funding of an average practice by £19,800.

DH proposals to increase QOF thresholds for achieving maximum points to the level of the best-performing 25% of practices could also affect practice income, the GPC warned.

It has calculated that, if practice achievement stays at current levels, the result of the proposed threshold changes would mean that the average practice (of about 6,000 patients) will lose about £3,700 from its QOF income in 2013/14, rising to £11,300 in 2014/15.

The GPC will be holding a number of roadshows events across the country, to give GPs a chance to ask the GPC negotiators about the contract changes.

Roadshow timetable:

Monday 21 January 2013 – Glasgow

Tuesday 22 January 2013 - Aberdeen

Wednesday 23 January 2013 – Dundee

Thursday 24 January 2013 – Edinburgh

Tuesday 29 January 2013 – Cardiff, Omagh

Wednesday 30 January 2013 – Newcastle, Wessex, Cambridge, Mid-Mersey, Birmingham

Thursday 31 January 2013 – Wrexham, Kent, Surrey / Sussex, Armagh

Tuesday 5 February 2013 – Swansea, Belfast

Wednesday 6 February 2013 – Leeds, Stafford, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool

Thursday 7 February 2013 – Exeter, Sheffield, Antrim / Templepatrick

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