Dispensing to be 'cost neutral'
Resources for dispensing practices will be removed from the GP 'pay pool' under the new contract.
GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden told last week's special LMCs conference that dispensing would become 'cost neutral'.
He said: 'If you've got two identical practices with two identical populations, but one happens to dispense and the other doesn't, they will both be rewarded for general practice and the one that does the dispensing will be rewarded for that without detriment to the rest of the LMC.'
Dr Holden added that regulations for dispensing doctors would not be changed under the new contract.
Dr Malcolm Ward, chair of the Dispensing Doctors
Association, supported the move.
'There is a perception that the current global sum might be prejudicial to prescribing doctors,' he said.
'The feeling is our overall slice is reduced because of the size of our slice of the cake. Whether that's real or just a perception is debatable.'
Dr Ward, a GP in Matlock, Derbyshire, said he wanted an annual uplift to the dispensing award to take into account inflation and any extra work done by dispensing practices.