NHS Employers has welcomed the government’s changes to GP contracts for 2018/19.

The announcement came after NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association (BMA) reached agreement on changes to the General Medical Services (GMS) contract in England for 2018/19. The changes come into effect from 1 April 2018.

As part of the new contract, there will be investment of £256 million – an overall contract uplift of 3.4%. This includes a 1% uplift to pay and a 3% uplift to expenses in line with consumer price index inflation.

This additional investment also covers:

  • An investment of £60 million to cover the increased costs of GP indemnity for 2017/18
  • An uplift to allow an increase to the Item of Service (IoS) fee for certain vaccination and immunisations (V&I) from £9.80 to £10.06, in line with consumer price index inflation
  • An uplift of £22 million to allow a change in the value of a Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) point, as a result of a Contractor Population Index (CPI) adjustment
  • Anon-recurrent investment of £10 million to recognise additional workload associated with the implementation of e-Referral contractual requirements
  • A one per cent increase to locum allowances for sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Paul Wallace, director of employment relations and reward for NHS Employers, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to achieve a negotiated agreement. The agreed changes will provide stability and continuity, with improved services for patients and a better deal for GPs.”

Full details of the agreement can be found at www.nhsemployers/GMS201819