Northern Ireland GPs hope for 2013/14 GMS deal like Scotland

GPs in Northern Ireland are hopeful of a 2013/14 GMS contract deal similar to the one agreed in Scotland last week.

Dr Tom Black: ‘We would hope that the proposals would be closer to the Scotland deal rather than England’s imposition.’

Northern Ireland GPC chairman Dr Tom Black said the department of health, social services and public safety in Northern Ireland was due to launch a consultation next week on proposed changes to the GMS contract.

Commenting on whether the proposals would be as severe as those put forward in England, Dr Black said: ‘We would hope that the proposals would be closer to the Scotland deal rather than England’s imposition.’

Earlier this month GPC Scotland struck a deal that would transfer around £10,000 in QOF funding per average practice into core pay. The Scottish government also said it would not unilaterally phase out MPIG, as proposed in England, and agreed to looking at reducing funding variability instead.

Dr Black said he could not elaborate on what contract proposals may look like for GPs in Northern Ireland.

He added: ‘We certainly feel that given the commissioning strategy in Northern Ireland of Transforming Your Care, an agreement would benefit patient care.’

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