Practices struggle to plan as income detail awaited

Practices are unable to budget for 2008/9 because the DoH has yet to outline how they can qualify for a share of the promised increase in funding.

The new contract arrangements that came into force on 1 April should have included the 1.5 per cent funding increase that the government pledged during contract negotiations.

Part of this increase will involve Review Body recommendations. The rest will likely be tied to specific enhanced services. 

The DoH received the Review Body report on 27 February. A DoH spokesman was unable to say when it would be published. ‘The government's response will be backdated to 1 April,' he added.

It is unclear whether enhanced service payments will also be backdated. 

GPC members suggest that the delay is due to wider government pay policy. Other public sector workers are facing staged pay increases as the government attempts to tackle inflation.

But the delay leave practices uncertain which services to plan in order to qualify for the full funding increase. 

The 1.5 per cent is guaranteed in England and Scotland, Wales has yet to sign up and Northern Ireland will match the Review Body award only.

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