Magazine article Public Finance

GPs Deal Could Save Primary Care Trusts £300M Next Year

Magazine article Public Finance

GPs Deal Could Save Primary Care Trusts £300M Next Year

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Primary care trusts could save £300m next year following a review of GPs' general medical services contract.

The agreement between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association will ensure GP practices receive no increase for inflation or cost of living in 2006/07. PCTs' average spending increase is around 9% and this could lead to savings of £300m.

There are also changes to the much-criticised quality and outcomes framework, which pays GPs for hitting targets in areas such as asthma. Many PCTs believe the targets were set too low and contributed to a £300m overspend on the contract last year.

The new framework will introduce higher thresholds and new targets without increasing the maximum income practices can earn from the framework. However, practices will receive £200m for IT and premises, and will also earn money for enhanced services, including offering Patient Choice, adopting the Connecting for Health IT programme and participating in practice-based commissioning. …

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