General medical services (GMS) contract
The new remuneration system gives GP practices much more flexibility in how they deliver services, allowing them choices as to how they organise patient care whilst rewarding them for the quality of this care. An annual enquiry provides a very detailed study of GP earnings & expenses. Introduction of the new GMS contract also allowed GPs to opt-out of providing out-of-hours services.
Information and analysis directorate (IAD) develops funding formulae and carries out modelling of investment strategies to support the department of health (DoH) in contract negotiations.
Funding for GP services follows the patient, not the GP. Funding is based on relative workload associated with each patient.
Pressures facing GPs
There are a number of factors which create pressures on GPs.
GP earnings and expenses
The health & social care information centre (HSCIC) conducts a UK annual study of GP earnings and expenses.
More information is available from the 2012/13 GP earnings & expenses report found on the HSCIC website.
GP out-of-hours services
The GP out-of-hours (OoH) service provides care for people when their normal GP surgery is closed. GP OoH is the responsibility of the health and social care board (HSCB).
For more information visit the HSCB GP out-of-hours website.
Who uses GPs?
GPs look after the health of people who have registered with their practice.
GPs look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems.
For further information contact us