GMS Contract Changes 2018/19
The contract changes have been announced for 2018/19.
NHS Employers and the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners 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.
Contract changes - in summary
- Interim uplift of 1% for pay and in line with inflation for expenses, which would be increased further following any uplift secured through the DDRB process
- Increase in indemnity costs covered
- Uplift in line with inflation for those vaccinations and immunisations in the SFE
- Uplift to reimbursements of locum cover for sickness and maternity/paternity/adoption leave
- Fixed-term contracted salaried GPs for sickness/parental leave will be reimbursed (in line with locum cover)
- Minor amendments to clinical aspects of vaccinations and immunisations
- Significant resources and support for implementation of the electronic referral service
- QOF point value to be uplifted to reflect population increase
- New regulations to support practices in the removal of violent patients
- New premises cost directions
Further information (including the revised Statement of Financial Entitlements and DES’s) can be found here: http://www.nhsemployers.org/GMS201819