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Long MPIG wait

GPs are unlikely to be told the future of MPIG until after the consultation on the GMS global sum formula ends on 11 May.

But it seems increasingly likely the outcome will keep practices at current MPIG levels rather than creating a safety net through additional funding.

Ministers are expected to base their decision on a document submitted by NHS Employers. But a spokesperson for the Department of Health confirmed there were 'no plans to make an announcement on the future of MPIG'.

A spokesperson for NHS Employers said its document on MPIG reflected the 'sentiments' outlined in the global sum formula review. 'However, the document submitted takes things one step further as among other things, it looks at how to take the MPIG forward in future.'

She added that there was agreement with the GPC that practices' reliance on MPIG should be decreased.

The global sum formula proposes two options – retaining current MPIG levels, which would mean some practices may see a reduction in income, or creating a new MPIG, which would require additional funding.

But Philip Grant, NHS Employers negotiator and chair of the formula review group, has argued: 'Putting money into the MPIG is not the answer.'

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