Similar practices report £50 funding gap per patient

Neighbouring practices can find global sum funding differences of as much as £50 per patient as a result of the MPIG.

Funding gap
Funding gap

Data obtained by GP newspaper show that GMS practices in four PCTs in the Cleveland LMC area earn between £51.78 and £93 per patient on their weighted list. The highest paid PMS practice receives £109.18.

PMS practices had the highest income in the four PCTs of Langbaurgh, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and North Tees. But both PMS and GMS practices showed similar variations in core funding.

Some PMS practices earn 30 per cent less than the highest earning GMS practices.

Cleveland LMC secretary Dr John Canning said the highest paid PMS practice and the lowest paid GMS practice were roughly comparable.

Londonwide LMCs and Bradford and North Yorkshire LMC confirmed that similar gaps exist in their areas.

Dr Canning said: ‘The differences in funding are unfair. By agreeing to the MPIG, we froze the inequities that existed in 2004.’

More on this story in GP newspaper.

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