Scotland's 1.25% GMS uplift is lowest in UK

GPs in Scotland have been awarded a 1.25% uplift on GMS contract funding for 2013/14, lower than settlements in the rest of the UK.

Scottish health secretary Alex Neil: deal is fair for GPs
Scottish health secretary Alex Neil: deal is fair for GPs

Earlier this year, GPs in England were awarded a 1.32% uplift, with an additional 0.15% rise to cover the transfer of responsibility to practices for employers superannuation payments for locums.

Practices in Wales and Northern Ireland received 1.5% increases.

However, GPC Scotland was the first in the UK to reach a negotiated settlement on changes to the GP contract for 2013/14. The deal protected MPIG top-ups to core pay, which will be phased out in England from 2014, and set lower QOF thresholds than those that will be imposed in England.

Scottish health secretary Alex Neil said: 'I am very pleased that we have successfully agreed on a pay increase for GPs to recognise the valuable work they do to improve the public’s health.

'The increase also recognises the more Scottish GP contract, which was reached in agreement with GPs – unique in the UK –  that takes account of workloads and meets the needs of Scottish patients and I am confident this pay increase for is a fair deal for Scotland’s GPs.

'This pay rise reflects the fact that GPs are now be providing extra care for patients at the most risk of being admitted to hospital as well tackling health inequalities, for example asking patients about their alcohol consumption and offering advice and follow-up support if appropriate.

'The way patients are treated in our NHS is changing. We are seeing an increase in people receiving care in the community and are working to integrate health and social care - GPs will be key to us doing this successfully.'

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