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Changes to GP funding could force 98 practices to close, BMA warns

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 21 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1715
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Changes to funding of general practices in England could force 98 practices to close and hundreds more to lose “noticeable” levels of funding, the BMA has warned. Rural practices are likely to be especially affected, it said.

In 2013, as part of the agreement on the GP contract in England for 2013-14, the government decided to begin phasing out the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) over a seven year period starting in April 2014.1

The government said that annual MPIG correction factor payments would decrease each year by a seventh of their current value until they were reduced to zero. The money released by this process will be reinvested into global sum payments.

NHS England has identified 98 practices that, because …

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