Correction factors to raise the income of practices moving to GMS are being offered despite the DoH’s intention of phasing MPIGs out (DoH to dump MPIG but new formula criticised, GP, 23 May 2007).
The payments are being offered to PMS GPs in Northumberland, who have until the 21 January to notify their PCT if they intend to switch to GMS or accept cuts to their PMS budgets.
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey described the MPIGs offered as ‘woefully inadequate’.
‘If it leaves them disadvantaged financially then it is going to destabilise the practice and its services,’ he added.
Northumberland LMC secretary Dr Jane Lothian said MPIGs would be calculated using 2004 guidance. ‘These formulas are unsuitable and would not raise any practice’s budget anywhere near the regional average of £65 per patient,’ said Dr Lothian.
Practices wishing to move to GMS without an MPIG would receive £54.72 per patient.
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