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Welsh Government and GPC Wales agree changes to the 2017-18 GP contract

Welsh Government and GPC Wales agree changes to the 2017-18 GP contract

In a speech to the Annual Conference of the Welsh Local Medical Committees, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced changes to the GP contract for 2017/18.

As a result investment in general medical service will increase by approximately £27m. This investment includes an uplift of 2.7% for GP pay and expenses for 2017/18 which covers:

  • a pay increase of 1%;
  • a general expenses uplift of 1.4% to cover practice costs;
  • a contribution towards the rising costs of professional indemnity;
  • a contribution  towards the increased costs of the pensions administration;
  • an increase in funding for maternity, parental leave and sickness absence;
  • a contribution towards the business improvement levy

GP practices will provide:

  • an enhanced service to all 22,700 nursing and residential care home residents in Wales, aimed at reducing variations in care;
  • a new Diabetes Local Enhanced Service will be offered by all GP practices  providing a  more comprehensive package of care to patients across Wales;
  • all GPs in Wales will offer a new Warfarin management service, meeting NICE guidelines ensuring the service  is carried out in the practice where other health issues and prescribing changes are discussed;
  • resources to recognise the workload associated with undertaking phlebotomy requests generated from outside the practice

GPC Wales, Welsh Government and NHS Wales have also agreed to work in close collaboration in 2017/18 to modernise the contract to better meet the needs of the public and GPs.

This includes: improving access to services; reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and improving ways in which the quality of care is monitored; and addressing the rising costs of GP professional indemnity.

Source: Gov Wales

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