Letter: Correction factor is a disincentive to growth

Dear Editor

I was very pleased to read your front-page headline 'GMS correction factor to end'.

I will be happy if this turns out to be true, as the correction factor which remains static is unfair to practices increasing their list sizes, and is a great incentive to stop growing.

My practice had about 2,500 patients on 1 April 2004, and it now has 4,000. The correction factor means that for core funding we receive about £75 per patient for the first 2,500 patients, but only £54 per patient for the extra 1,500 patients.

Therefore, if we had 4,000 patients as from 1 April 2004, we would now be receiving an extra 1,500 x (£75 - £54) = 1,500 x £21 = £31,500 per annum more than we are now, and for the same workload.

Dr Parmod Luthra Isleworth, Middlesex.

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