GPC legal challenge puts £105m in practice funding at risk

An extra £105 million in practice income promised by the DoH could be lost if the GPC wins its legal challenge against correction factor cuts.

Laurence Buckman
Laurence Buckman

Earlier this month, the DoH announced that the cash would fund five new clinical directed enhanced services (DESs) and increased access to GP practices in England.

The funding represents the 1.5 per cent increase in primary care funding pledged by the government during negotiations in December.

But GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said that this money could be in jeopardy as the GPC fights against the recent pay recommendations made by the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB).

Talks have been frozen as the DoH considers its response to the GPC’s legal challenge over the cut to correction factors. The cut means most practices will receive no increase in funding this year, despite a 2.7 per cent uplift to global sums.

Until that is decided, any talks on the pay rise will be suspended,’ said Dr Buckman. He said the DoH ‘could drop the clinical DESs’.

The DoH would not confirm or deny if the £105 million per cent investment would still stand if the GPC wins a 2.7 per cent uplift for GMS practices.

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