DH officials have written to the independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) setting out ‘strong concerns’ over the plan to vary the GP pay uplift to help tackle the workforce crisis.
However, in its latest submission to the body the department said it ‘do[es] not consider that there is a strong case for targeting in 2016/17’ to support recruitment and retention.
The DH said it had strong concerns’ that a ‘differential uplift’ would ‘cut across’ the operation of the GP funding formula which delivers capitated funding weighted by patient profile.
Officials also suggested that as independent businesses practices may decide not to apportion any uplift to support recruitment.
Another concern cited by the DH submission was ‘a lack of robust data on vacancy rates within general practice’.
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘There is a recruitment and retention crisis right across the country so it didn't make any sense to suggest differential awards. What we need is significant and sustained investment into general practice across the board if we are to really make a difference and make being a GP attractive again.’