PMS increases should be in line with GMS
Thank you for drawing your readers' attention to the issues around negotiating for PMS GP practices to get GMS uplift ('NHS bosses plot to prevent PMS GPs getting GMS uplift').
However, it is important that your readers are aware of the full context in which the quote you attributed to me was made.
The quote refers to the fact that PMS practices receive higher payment per patient. But this comment was made in relation to the substantial work Londonwide LMCs is doing to support PMS practices under contractual pressure to demonstrate value for money, and the challenges that are faced in doing this.
For example, 'PMS practices receive higher payments', means the nature of work done by the practice under its PMS contract for those payments needs to be understood by PCTs, rather than their simply looking at the headline figure and looking for cuts.
We stand by the relevant paragraph of the Lockharts PMS contract (which Londonwide LMCs secured on behalf of PMS practices when the new contract was introduced in 2004), namely that PMS practices should receive the same national increases to remuneration rates as GMS practices.
From Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive, Londonwide LMCs