NHS England has broken pledge to support MPIG practices, says GPC

NHS England's pledge to stop MPIG cuts for two years for a small number of practices 'must be followed by a national, long-term plan' to help all affected GP practices, the GPC has warned.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul: Long-term, national MPIG plan needed (Photo: JH Lancy)
Dr Chaand Nagpaul: Long-term, national MPIG plan needed (Photo: JH Lancy)

Plans to put MPIG cuts on hold for a small minority showed NHS England was ‘failing to honour its commitment’ to help all practices facing heavy cuts, GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said.

GP revealed on Tuesday that NHS England’s London region had contacted a small number of practices to offer a two-year reprieve on MPIG cuts.

NHS England’s area teams across the country will make similar offers to the worst-affected practices.

Practices that benefit will be among the 98 ‘outliers’ set to lose £3 or more per patient per year as MPIG is removed, but only a small number within this group will receive support.

Practices face challenges

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘The BMA has been warning for years that the government’s decision to phase out the MPIG would leave a number of GP practices in challenging circumstances unable to deliver adequate patient care.

‘The BMA has been contacted by a number of worried practices across the country, including those in rural, deprived, university and commuter belt areas concerned about their long-term future. These GP services deliver vital care to a large number of vulnerable patients and need support to be able to provide the local community with the care it requires.’

Dr Nagpaul said NHS England’s decision to put MPIG cuts on hold for a small number of practices had come after ‘sustained pressure’ from the BMA and local initiatives such as east London’s Save Our Surgeries campaign.

‘But it is not in any way enough. This support is limited to only a few practices and for a few years,’ he said.

Support pledge broken

‘NHS England is still failing to honour its commitment to provide support to all practices facing significant MPIG cuts who will be left with inadequate resources to cope with patient demand.

‘Thousands of patients are today still facing the same situation as yesterday, with their local GP practice increasingly struggling to continue to provide care.

‘We need a sustained, long-term and national approach that maintains these vital GP services.’

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