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GPs in Wales are to see a 1% uplift in pay and a 1.4% increase in general expenses, the BMA’s Welsh GP Committee has announced. The increases are part of an uplift to the General Medical Services contract for 2018-19 of £11.67 million.

However, the figures will apply until the delayed determination by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) is published. The BMA is hoping that the DDRB will further increase the pay.

Other terms agreed as part of the new GMS contract are:

  • an uplift of £2.7 million towards the rising costs of professional indemnity for GMS GPs and the wider practice clinical teams;
  • reduced Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) to disease registers to alleviate workload pressures, but flu indicators will be retained;
  • improved mentoring and coaching arrangements including access to the Academi Wales coaching collaborative;
  • a commitment to explore access to health board employment benefits to improve the recruitment offering available to GPs;
  • improved recording of Welsh language provision at practice and cluster level;
  • a commitment to explore and address barriers currently faced by those who have recently left the GP workforce;
  • an extension of the enhanced service for influenza outbreak prescribing for 2018-2019;
  • support for IT migrations to commence in January 2019.

Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of GPC Wales, said: “This agreement provides much needed financial stability for practices through the indemnity offer and interim pay and expenses uplift, whilst awaiting the DDRB determination. It will also protect practice resources so that they can be used on caring for patients.

“The reductions in bureaucracy and workload will also provide some much needed respite for practices and clusters facing unprecedented demands.”

The RCGP Wales has welcomed the announcement. Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP Wales, said the profession is facing significant pressures, including underfunding and a crisis in the number of GPs working in the Welsh NHS.

“We need to make sure the existing workforce can spend as much time as possible treating patients. We hope measures on indemnity, the QOF and supporting practices during IT migrations will help achieve this,” she said.

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