GPC expects MPIG will continue beyond 2007

The GPC has confirmed it will fight for increases in global sum funding to move towards reducing reliance on the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG).

In a joint statement from GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum and NHS Employers chief negotiator Dr Barbara Hakin published in GP this week, the negotiators said there was 'no timescale for changes to be implemented'.

The BMA has refuted a statement by NHS Employers' core financial negotiator Philip Grant that there was a 'general principle' to cut correction factors from 2007/8 if global sums grew beyond 2003/4 MPIG levels (GP, 13 January).

However, negotiators have said a move to reduce reliance on MPIG could be part of ongoing negotiations over global sums in the run-up to implementing changes in April 2007.

The negotiators stated that the 'fundamental principle of guaranteeing practice income remains'.

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