GMS global sum up 3% per patient under 2015/16 contract

Global sum funding for GMS contracts will rise by 3% per patient from April, the government has announced.

Funding: global sum increase revealed
Funding: global sum increase revealed

Payments will rise next month to £75.77 from £73.56, according to the Statement of Financial Entitlements for 2015/16 published by NHS Employers.

The increase implements the 1.16% overall GP funding uplift announced last week as well as the recycled MPIG correction factor and funding for patient participation group and alcohol enhanced services scrapped in contract negotiations.

The value of a QOF point is also increased to £160.15 from £156.92, up 2%.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘The increase in global sum reflects not only the DDRB award but also the transfer of another 1/7th of correction factor payments together with the ending of the patient participation and alcohol DESs. 

‘The GPC has also been able to negotiate an adjustment so that none of this money is lost through the out-of-hours opt-out rebate. 

‘Practices that have been struggling for far too long on inadequate global sum-only payments will see a welcome and much needed rise in resources although practices with MPIG payments will suffer again as their payments are eroded further. They'll now be joined by PMS practices facing big funding cuts.  

‘If government and NHS England were really serious about addressing the workload and workforce crisis facing general practice, which is leading to more patients waiting longer for routine appointments, then they would be making a substantial and sustainable increase to global sum and doing more to protect MPIG and PMS practices facing massive funding cuts, not just implementing the DDRB award.’

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