The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that, under the new GP Contract, there will be a “guaranteed” increase in the global sum in the 2019/20 financial year, on top of the other funding settlements announced as part of the contract.

According to the BMA, although the global sum for 2019/20 has not yet been decided, it will constitute an increase on the current £88 per patient that practices receive.

This will be in addition to the other funding announcements, including the £2 per patient Directed Enhanced Service (DES) for practices to join a network and the state indemnity scheme.

The full agreement between the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC) and NHS England indicates that the “core contract” will increase by almost £1 billion by 2023/24, with a £109 million increase this coming year, followed by a further £187 million increase the following year. The lower increase next year is due to the need to fund the state indemnity scheme, which will cover the costs of all practice staff and GPs.

The BMA said the £405 million provided for 2019/20 means practices would be able to increase staff pay by at least 2%.

GPC Chair Dr Richard Vautrey told Pulse magazine: “As the precise global sum calculation is reliant on a number of other factors, for example recycling Minimum Practice Income Guarantee and seniority, we will be calculating a definitive figure for the global sum uplift and releasing this in the coming weeks.”

The announcement included £20 million annual funding for practices to deal with subject access requests after the ability to cover costs under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was removed; practices will get access to a data protection officer through their Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide support on these issues.

There is also an agreement to put forward joint proposals to the Government addressing the issue of tax charges once annual and lifetime pension’s contributions are breached.

Last reviewed 6 February 2019