AISMA statement following announcement of new GP contract for Scotland

Commenting on the announcement by the BMA’s Scottish GP committee, Pauline Hogg, Scottish board member for the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, said:

“The funding injection promised in the new contract should give GPs in Scotland a measure of financial stability for the next two years. There should be more winners in terms of income, although we will have to wait and see how the new funding formula will affect currently high and low earning practices and what the funding gap is for the practices losing out under the new formula.

“The contract is ambitious and extra resource is promised. This, however, will not be fully in place until 2021. During this time there will need to be major upskilling for GPs, practice managers, nurses and other healthcare staff.

“The new contract, however, will do nothing to address current workforce problems. There are simply not enough GPs in Scotland and many will continue to feel overloaded as they try to plug the gaps.

“The interest free loans for practice premises should help practices struggling to attract new partners, although going down this route appears to ultimately mean that practices will give up ownership of their premises.

“Phase two of the new contract will bring about big changes to the way in which GPs are paid. It will be very interesting to see how the impact of direct reimbursement of practice expenses plays out among GPs working to adopt innovative ways of delivering services.”