NHS England bows to GP pressure as chief exec intervenes in funding row

NHS England is set to review its support package for practices facing MPIG cuts after chief executive Simon Stevens intervened in a row with GPs who claim their losses have been underestimated.

Simon Stevens: MPIG support overhaul
Simon Stevens: MPIG support overhaul

As reported earlier today by GP, several practices in Tower Hamlets, east London, have complained that NHS England has wrongly excluded them from a financial support package for practices facing the heaviest losses from MPIG correction factor withdrawal.

In a meeting with Tower Hamlets CCG and GPs on Wednesday Mr Stevens said NHS England would examine its calculation method in light of the discrepancies.

Jubilee Street Practice manager and CCG board member Virginia Patania welcomed the intervention.

Welcome intervention

‘I welcome the opportunity to sit with whoever has been deciding who does and does not get the reprieve to go through the rationale and compare it to the numbers we have collected,' she told GP.

Ms Patania said NHS England officials had agreed to work with local practices, on the basis that ‘our numbers are very different from what you are demonstrating - we will sit with you to review the methodology and try to understand where the discrepancies are arising'.

She added: ‘I am hopeful that this will lead to a deeper understanding on both sides around what is generating the income loss and put us in a position where we are able to survive the next two years until the funding formula is recalculated in such a way that will hopefully benefit boroughs like Tower Hamlets.’

As reported exclusively by GP today, practices in Tower Hamlets have complained that NHS England's calculations have massively underestimated their losses from MPIG withdrawal and other funding changes. Practices have said NHS England used incorrect data, wrong assumptions and failed to take account of cumulative losses from the seven-year correction factor withdrawal.

An NHS England spokeswoman said: 'Simon Stevens visited GPs in Tower Hamlets to hear about the work of the CCG, its proposals for primary care co-commissioning, and work to improve funding for primary care. He asked staff from the NHS London team to have follow up discussions with them.'

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