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Most practices to stay on MPIG after formula review

Only minor changes are to be made to the global sum allocation formula for next year, the GPC has said.

The decision by the GMS Formula Review Group in a report to be released early next year means most practices will remain dependent on the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) for the foreseeable future.

The formula review group was charged with evaluating whether the so-called 'Carr-Hill' formula could be made to distribute resources more fairly between practices.

But Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said the review would not lead to any dramatic changes because it had a tight remit that did not address the fundamental problems.

He said: 'The main problem was that there was never enough money in first place. That is why so many practices ended up on MPIG.

'Unless we can have guarantees on the future of MPIG and sufficient additional money, any sort of implementation of a revised formula will create a new set of winners and losers.'

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