Exclusive: PCTs deny PMS practices funding increases

One in five PCTs is set to deny PMS practices a funding uplift this year, a GP newspaper investigation has revealed.

Data from 59 PCTs obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal:

  • 19% of PCTs will not offer an uplift
  • Just 27% plan to boost pay in line with the 0.8% GMS deal
  • 54% had yet to decide whether they will offer an uplift

This shows that two months into the first quarter of the 2010/11 financial year, many PMS practices face uncertainty over funding.

For many practices, PCTs' refusal to uplift 2010/11 pay will compound the effects of a pay freeze in the previous year. A GP newspaper investigation last year showed that one in four PCTs froze PMS pay in 2009/10, despite DoH advice to award uplifts.

The findings also revealed that most of the PCTs planning to offer an uplift in line GMS will ask practices to increase the number of services they provide, or improve efficiency and productivity in return.

One PCT said: ‘Uplifts are subject to engagement in the negotiation process and agreement to new PMS objectives.'

Another stated that PMS practices will also have to imp-rove efficiency ‘in line with all NHS services' in order to get an uplift.

Read this week's edition of GP dated 21 May

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