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Scottish GP funding boost enables 91 practices to come off MPIG

GPs in Scotland will be less reliant on MPIG correction payments after the Government awarded them a larger funding uplift than recommended by the independent review body.

The Scottish GPC said 91 practices will no longer be reliant on MPIG top-up payments as a result of the Doctors and Dentists Review Body-recommended 0.28% contractual uplift and the £6m additional general practice investment awarded by the Scottish Government.

The DDRB uplift has counted for a £1.8m increase to general practice funding in Scotland, to which the Scottish Government added £4.2m directly invested into the global sum and £2.2m to take into account population growth.

Scottish GPC chair Dr Alan McDevitt said: ‘I believe it is important to recognise that the GP contract in Scotland is receiving a larger contractual uplift than recommended by the DDRB.’

‘While this will certainly not solve the considerable challenges facing general practice in Scotland, including unsustainable workload and recruitment and retention difficulties, it is a step in the right direction.’