Welsh practices to receive 1.5% GMS uplift in 2013/14

GP leaders have warned that some practices in Wales face a drop in income after the Welsh government rejected advice from the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) and opted for a 1.5% uplift.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey: '‘It will be easier to maintain income in Wales than in England.'
GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey: '‘It will be easier to maintain income in Wales than in England.'

The Welsh government has rejected GPC Wales’ pleas to uphold the DDRB’s recommended 2.29% uplift for GMS contractors. But the decision will mean that practices in Wales will receive a higher uplift than the 1.32% for English practices.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said that it will be easier for practices in Wales to maintain current income levels than those in England, but warned that some face a drop in income.

‘Unless practices make further adjustments, they may face losses,’ he said. ‘It will be easier to maintain income in Wales than in England.

‘It is doubtful that there will be a 1% pay rise for GPs in Wales.

‘Every practice will get 1.5% uplift through the global sum equivalent. That is the fairest way of doing things at the moment.’

When asked if the uplift will result in a pay rise for practice staff, Dr Bailey said: ‘That will be for individual practices to determine. Most practices will hugely value the hard work practice staff do and will want to reward that appropriately.’

GPC Wales struck a contract deal with the Welsh government in January which put on hold plans to axe MPIG over seven years, as is the case in England.

Dr Bailey said: ‘I think because we have come to an agreement that is more reasonable they will be able to maintain their income. It will be far more difficult in England.’

A Welsh government spokeswoman said: ‘The negotiated settlement with GPC Wales included an increase in current levels of investment in general practice by 1.5%. This increased investment allows for an average pay increase of up to 1% for GPs and practice staff for 2013/14, in line with public sector pay policy, and a margin of 0.5% for increases in non staff expenses.

‘The Welsh government has considered carefully the DDRB's recommendations but considers the agreed 1.5% GP uplift for 2013/14 to be as fair as possible, under the circumstances, and therefore no revision to the agreed uplift of 1.5% can be provided.’

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