The BMA’s GP Committee for England is developing a minimum per-patient funding request to add to demands in upcoming GP contract negotiations.
The figure could be used as ‘basis for dispute’ to trigger industrial action if the Government fails to meet the demand.
The GPC is now seeking actuarial support to determine the figure, which needs to be a ‘significant’ increase on the current 57p per patient per day.
An update to members following last week’s GPCE meeting said: ‘The Committee discussed developing a pounds per patient ask to add to the Call to Action. Practices currently receive about 57 pence per patient per day to provide GP services.
‘The Committee believe that with increased workload and demand in general practice this should be significantly increased, and that practices cannot provide safe patient care with this level of investment.
‘The Committee agreed to develop this demand and shall be seeking actuarial support to identify an appropriate figure which, if not met, could be the basis for a dispute with government.’
The note, undersigned deputy chair Dr Richard van Maellerts, also said that GPCE has developed draft heads of terms for contract reform negotiations with NHS England, in a bid to be the party that sets the agenda.
These are based on GPCE’s recent ‘call to action’ document, which notably included a demand for QOF, IIF and PCN DES monies to all be moved into one simplified core general practice funding stream, with the PCN DES scrapped in its entirety.
However, upon reviewing the proposed heads of terms some committee members called for them to be ‘more radical’, including a ‘specific call for there to be protection for core funding in the independent contractor model’.
‘The feedback received will inform the further development of these heads of terms,’ the update said.
Last week’s GPCE meeting controversially saw a motion passed to remove elected chair Dr Farah Jameel on the basis of having no confidence in her leadership.
The meeting also revealed that the union is seeking grassroots GPs to ‘galvanise solidarity’ within the profession over industrial action.