Last night’s BMA Scotland webchat with the Scottish GP Committee (SGPC) about the new GP contract was an opportunity for GPs across Scotland to engage with our negotiating team to find clarity, response and reassurance (where possible) about the new contract.
We appreciate the time that our SGPC colleagues took out of their evenings in order to provide this session, which you can view here https://www.bma.org.uk/connecting-doctors/my_working_life/p/gpcontractwebchat
RGPAS wishes to respond to an SGPC comment last night in relation to the map that has been published in the last few weeks showing which practices stand to gain from the proposed workload allocation formula. Concern was expressed that the originally published map was incorrect, as red dots had been used to indicate practices who will see no difference and no additional funding compared with their 2017 funding.
And so we are very happy to issue a revised map which makes this correction – see the map above.
The green dots indicate GP practices that will gain additional funding – or maintain current funding – and the red dots indicate practices which will see a fall in their allocated income as a result of the proposed formula. These red practices will – in Phase One of the proposals – require ‘protected income’ to keep their funding in line with 2017 funding as otherwise they would see drops of up to 85% in funding for patient care.
Spot the difference?
We’re surprised that this clarification is required, not least as we see very little difference between the maps.
There are significant concerns about the way in which the workload allocation formula has been devised, and from the graph below it can be seen that there is an obvious skew against rural practices.
Not just rural
This, however does not tell the whole story – our Deep End GP practice confreres – who represent the GP practices serving the most deprived communities in Glasgow – have expressed their own concerns and surprise that health inequalities do not seem to be adequately addressed by the proposed contract.
Meantime, RGPAS remains committed to representing the needs of its members, and the wider needs of rural GP practices in Scotland and their communities. Several weeks ago we published our official response to the new contract, including positive ways that we firmly believe RGPAS can assist with the process of further negotiation and shaping the future of Scottish primary care. You can download the report ‘Looking at the Right Map’ by clicking the image on the right.
Rural GPs can join RGPAS here: http://www.ruralgp.scot/join (£20 per annum membership).
You can view our letter to Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison (response awaited).
Here’s some recent news coverage regarding RGPAS concerns: