NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioner Committee (GPC) have agreed changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract effective from 1 April 2018. These changes apply in England only.
The contract for 2018/19 will see an investment of £256 million, which is an overall increase of 3.4 per cent.
The changes include:
- an investment of £60 million to cover GP indemnity costs for 2017/18
- an uplift to allow an increase to the Item of Service (IoS) fee for certain vaccination and immunisations (V&I) from £9.80 to £10.06, in line with consumer price index inflation
- an uplift of £22 million to allow a change in the value of a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) point as a result of a Contractor Population Index (CPI) adjustment
- a non-recurrent investment of £10 million to recognise additional workload associated with the implementation of e-Referral contractual requirements.
Read a summary of the agreement