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Locum superannuation reimbursement to be paid through global sum equivalent

The Government has announced that practices will be reimbursed for the cost of locums’ superannuation contributions through a 0.15% uplift in the global sum equivalent.

In its final response to the consultation on the 2013/14 GP contract, the Department of Health said it would give practices an extra 0.15% uplift to the global sum equivalent, in addition to the 1.32% funding uplift, to compensate for the expected 14% rise in locum fees.

The Goverment appears to have listened to GPC criticism that, although it did not support the plan to put the burden of paying the employer contributions onto practices, it said if this was to happen, practices should be reimbursed through the global sum equivalent so that all practices would benefit.

From April, GP locums will be responsible for paying both employee and employer superannuation contributions to the NHS Pensions Agency, and they are expected to pass on the cost of employer superannuation contributions, currently paid by PCTs, to practices. Practices will be reimbursed for this additional cost regardless of how many locums they use or how frequently they use them.

The DH response said: ‘We are transferring to GP practices the funding currently spent by PCTs on these costs. This funding will be added to GMS global sum equivalent funding, as the BMA suggested in its consultation response.

‘The combination of the contract uplift, of 1.32%, and the locum employer superannuation funding both being added to GMS global sum equivalent payments will provide all GMS practices with an increase of 1.47%.’

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Well that's generous - this will only fund around one third of our current usage.

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  • Easy peasy, just employ GP locums who have taken early retirement, there are going to be plenty of those about soon

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  • Peter Swinyard

    I agree with anonymous above - clearly this discriminates against younger doctors and will put a severe downward pressure on locum fees. Practices which need a lot of locums will have to decide either to reduce their service to patients, pay 14% less to their locums or take (yet another) pay cut.Or indeed - just employ their former partners who have got out of the NHS Pension Scheme and taken their pension in their 50's.
    As the Family Doctor Association said in response to the "consultation" on the contract( you can read it on , this is completely unjustifiable and unfair. What was wrong with the older system? Why can the NHS CB not take over this function? Because they can impose and we just have to get on with it. It looks nearer and nearer to the time when there will be a move for swathes of the country's GPs to look hard at their finances and withdraw from the NHS, as the dentists did. Would be interested in the thoughts of anyone prepared to put their name to them...

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  • In real terms it's not 14%, it's 12.6% (14% of 90% of invoice total to allow for average business expenses). A small but significant difference.

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  • What happens to PMS practices ?

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