A new deal for GP contract funding in Wales will see the amounts made available rise by £27 million in the forthcoming financial year.
The figure was announced in a deal brokered by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, and announced at the 2017 Welsh LMCs conference in Newport.
In addition to the £27 million figure, there will also be a 2.7% increase for GP pay and expenses.
Central to this will be a 1% pay hike for GPs, with a further 1.4% intended to cover the rising costs associated with surgeries, contributions towards indemnity costs, pensions administration, parental and sickness leave.
There are also further services being delivered as part of the deal, with diabetes, care home and secondary care-initiated phlebotomy testing particularly targeted.
The following will be funded as part of the 2017/18 deal:
– An enhanced service to all 22,700 nursing and residential care home residents in Wales.
– A new diabetes local enhanced service will be offered by all GP practices.
– A new warfarin management service in line with NICE guidelines.
– Workload associated with undertaking phlebotomy requests generated from outside the practice.
GPC Wales chair Dr Charlotte Jones commented on the new deal, suggesting that health services in the country will significantly improved as a result.
“GPC Wales welcomes the collaborative approach taken by Welsh government to help address the challenges facing GPs in Wales. I am certain that this approach will deliver the best outcomes for GPs and patients alike. The contract changes announced today will be part of a longer piece of work to review the entire contract and make it fit for the future.”
Jones also believes that further dialogue will improve the situation further still.
“GPC Wales is looking forward to engaging in ongoing collaborative discussions over the months ahead. Additionally, we welcome the ongoing investment into clusters, the recently announced £40m for premises development, and the £95m for training healthcare professionals that will support primary care. These funds go hand in hand with today’s announcement, with the ultimate aim of strengthening primary care.”
The aforementioned Gething also released a statement, indicating that collaboration will play a major role in the Welsh NHS system going forward.
“We have worked closely with our GP colleagues to create solutions that deliver the best care for patients. I’m confident that this approach of working in partnership is the right one, as we continue to transform primary care in Wales. It provides a strong platform for GPs to continue to provide high quality, sustainable, healthcare.”