PMS pay uplift limited to 0.7%
By Steve Nowottny
The Department of Health has instructed PCTs to award most PMS practices an uplift of just 0.7% in a bid to ensure contracts offer ‘value for money', Pulse can reveal.
In a letter to SHAs sent in the wake of last week's pay announcement for GMS GPs, the Department urges trusts to keep PMS uplifts to a minimum.
GMS GPs were awarded a gross uplift of 2.29%, but the Department's Director of Primary Care, Ben Dyson, said that when the differential effect of the Doctors' and Dentists' pay Review Body award on GMS practices was calculated for PMS practices, most would receive only the minimum uplift of 0.7%.
Mr Dyson told trusts: ‘While the PMS and APMS contracting arrangements provide PCTs with flexibility in commissioning services, PCTs need to be able to demonstrate that funding decisions between all primary medical care contractors are fair and equitable and represent value for money.'
‘We would expect that applying the DDRB recommendation to PMS practices (in an equitable way to that applied to GMS practices) may result in PMS practices more typically receiving a percentage uplift to their core funding that is comparable to the minimum uplift for GMS practices, as opposed to the higher uplifts for GMS practices with no MPIG or low levels of MPIG.'
‘If the practice's income at 1 April 2009 (for these essential and additional services) is more than £63.21 per patients (after adjusting by the Carr-Hill formula), it is receiving more income than it would do under the Global Sum Formula in GMS – and (if it were a GMS practice) would receive no more than a 0.7% increase in core contract payments under the DDRB's recommendation.'
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