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24-04-2012 | General practice | Article

Practices to get fee windfalls


DoH - Payment for GP practices in recognition of underspend in 2010–11

MedWire News: Some practices are set to receive a one-off payment of thousands of pounds from the Department of Health (DoH), as part of a £10 million settlement to resolve underpayments for dispensing and personally administered fees.

The announcement comes following negotiations between the BMA GPs Committee (GPC) and NHS Employers.

In a letter to PCT directors, DoH Head of Primary Medical Care Richard Armstrong explains that the settlement is "in recognition that dispensing fees were not increased in 2011 and that there was an underspend against the feescale envelope in 2010-2011".

Feescales will be calculated differently from October 2012, as agreed with the GPC. In the meantime the £10 million pot has been distributed across practices in proportion to the fees they earned over the previous financial year.

The letter instructs PCTs to make the payments "as soon as possible in the 2012-2013 year".

A breakdown of payment details accompanying the letter shows that over 250 practices should receive over £10,000 each, while several are entitled to more than £20,000.

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By Caroline Price