NHS England and the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP Committee have agreed a new GP contract which will take effect on 1 April 2018 and include an initial one per cent increase in pay and three per cent uplift in expenses.
A further uplift may be made following the Government’s response to any recommendations from the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body (DDRB), which is expected to take place in May this year.
The global sum per weighted patient will rise from £85.35 to £87.92 and there will be £60 million to cover increased GP indemnity costs for 2017/18. In addition, the value of a Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) point will increase by 4.1 per cent from £71.20 to £179.26.
There will also be an increase in funding for cover for parental and sickness leave absence and practices will be able to employ salaried GPs on fixed-term contracts to provide cover.
The contract also promises increases to reimbursements for locum cover that is the result of staff sickness and parental leave, as well as an important inflationary uplift to vaccination and immunisation payments which have not increased substantially for some time.
Meanwhile, £10 million of non-recurrent funding will be included to recognise the increase of work associated with the implementation of e-Referral contractual requirements.
This means that from 1 October 2018, practices will be contractually required to use the NHS e-Referral System for all referrals to first consultant-led outpatient appointments.
NHS England and the General Practitioners’ Committee have agreed changes to the 2013 Premises Cost Directions but there will be a six-month review of premises starting this Summer. This will be led by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and recommendations will inform further premises negotiations.
A full summary of the new contract can be found here.