The new GP contract will reduce the number of QOF targets in order to reduce bureaucracy, while nurses are also confirmed to become included in ARRS.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today confirmed that the number of indicators, which were reduced from 74 to 55 this year, will be lowered further as part of the next contract.
The Government’s statement also confirmed that ARRS, which currently allows recruitment of 17 roles in primary care but not GPs, will be expanded to cover nurses and mental health practitioners.
The Government is currently consulting the public on the future of QOF, with a question on whether it should be scrapped altogether.
When the 2023/24 GP contract was announced, NHS England said it intended to make the incentive programme ‘more streamlined and focused’.
Earlier this week, Pulse exclusively reported that the Government had initially offered a 1.9% uplift to baseline GMS funding for the 2024/25 contract.
The BMA said this offer was ‘grossly inadequate’ and GP Committee England chair Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer met with primary care minister Andrea Leadsom in efforts to improve it.
Dame Leadsom’s letter in response revealed that the Government will reconsider its GP funding uplift offer once the independent pay review body (DDRB) makes a recommendation in ‘the coming months’.
She also indicated that funding could be ringfenced within the GMS contract to pay for GP staff.
The GPC voted down the Government’s 1.9% uplift offer at its meeting yesterday, and instructed negotiators to continue talks ahead of a referendum to members on 1 March.
A DHSC spokesperson confirmed that ‘further pay uplifts may be made to the GP contract’ following the Government’s response to the DDRB’s recommendation.
They said: ‘GPs are at the heart of our communities and we hugely value their vital work. This contract will reduce unnecessary and burdensome bureaucracy so they can spend more valuable time with their patients, while also giving them greater autonomy to run local practices.’