PMS practices awarded 1.32% uplift to match GMS rise

PMS practices will receive a 1.32% funding rise for 2013/14 in line with the increase for GMS practices, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) has confirmed.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey: PMS cash must not be lost to general practice
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey: PMS cash must not be lost to general practice

Senior GP adviser to the DH Dr James Kingsland told GP that apart from the increase, he understood there would be a moratorium on changes to PMS deals during 2013/14.

The freeze would bring a temporary halt to PCT-led reviews that have slashed up to six-figure sums from PMS practices’ funding in recent years.

But the NHSCB will publish shortly details of how the locally-negotiated deals will change to reflect GMS contract reforms from 2014.

GPC leaders hit out at the lack of information on what would happen to funding stripped from PMS practices as part of this process.

The DH has said that PMS funding will be brought down to the same level as the GMS average over a seven-year period from 2014, in tandem with plans to axe MPIG support for GMS practices.

The GPC has called for funding taken from PMS practices to be used to soften the blow of MPIG cuts to GMS practices.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘We are still unclear whether funding released from PMS reviews will be retained within the GP contract as a whole. This could have major implications if it is not and could have an impact on the viability of some practices.’

Dr Vautrey added that in October last year the GPC had agreed with NHS Employers that funding cut from PMS contracts would be ‘retained within GMS and PMS funding and used over a seven-year period to ensure all practices move towards more equitable funding arrangements’.

He said: ‘We don't want PMS funding simply removed to fund deficits elsewhere in the NHS, that would not be good for either PMS or GMS practices, nor their patients. It's incredible that at this late stage the DH and NHSCB can't give a definitive answer to this vitally important issue.’

An NHSCB spokesman said: 'NHSCB intends to publish its specifications before 1 April. The NHSCB has agreed that PMS practices will get the same 1.32% uplift as GMS practices. Further announcements about how PMS contracts will be changed to reflect GMS will be made shortly.'

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