Northern Ireland Update: GMS Contract 2013/14

Northern Irish GP Practices were officially informed on 3rd April that an agreement had been reached between NIGPC and DHSSPSNI regarding the 2013/14 GP GMS contract.

The key points of the GMS contract update are:

  • 1.5% increase in pay and expenses.

  • Agreement not to remove MPIG (Minimum Practice Income Guarantee).

  • The number of indicators whose thresholds will be increased has reduced from 23 to 13.  The domains affected are CHD, diabetes, COPD, BP, stroke and CKD).

  • 83 organisational points will be discontinued and the extra funding released by this will be redirected towards GSE (Global Sum Equivalent).

  • QOF point value to be increased so that an extra £3.5million will be earned by practices (based on previously projected performance).

It was also agreed that the Northern Irish Assembly proposal for mandatory annual health checks would not be carried through and review dates would remain at 12 months.

NIGPC now feel that this agreement enables GP's to engage with Transforming Your Care and GP's are being strongly encouraged to sign up to the NI LES for Integrated Care Partnerships.

Nicola Cummings is the First Practice Management Regional Representative for Northern Ireland. She is Practice Manager of Banbridge Group Surgery which comprises 3 GP Practices, 12 GPs and has a patient list of almost 20,000.  She previously worked for the Out of Hours Service and as a Lay Magistrate.  She is currently Chairperson of the local Practice Managers’ Association.


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Cintia 04/08/2015

Thanks TonyI want to remain obivtcjee and try not to be cynical. However, I do think that community organising is just that community organising! Once you get the government dictating, it is command and control and therefore anything organic does not grow.I fear that this was done in the light of the most famous community organiser being the current President of the US, looking at this as something cool. Worth reading Prez O's book to get a sense of some of the issues in community organizing. Now he is part of one of the most powerful institutions in the world and therefore those experiences are now difficult in government/power. However, it was in the backdrop of speaking truth to power not delivering as a third sector arm for the Big Society.Check out the philosophy before one buys in methinks.

Cintia 04/08/2015

Thanks TonyI want to remain obivtcjee and try not to be cynical. However, I do think that community organising is just that community organising! Once you get the government dictating, it is command and control and therefore anything organic does not grow.I fear that this was done in the light of the most famous community organiser being the current President of the US, looking at this as something cool. Worth reading Prez O's book to get a sense of some of the issues in community organizing. Now he is part of one of the most powerful institutions in the world and therefore those experiences are now difficult in government/power. However, it was in the backdrop of speaking truth to power not delivering as a third sector arm for the Big Society.Check out the philosophy before one buys in methinks.


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