Changes to General Practice contract 2017/18

NHS England has issued a letter setting out the key changes to the GMS contract for 2017/18

The new agreement includes an increased focus on tailored annual reviews offered to frail pensioners, and an increase in the number of health checks for people with learning disabilities.  The new contract also includes provisions to encourage practices to expand access and not to close for half-a-day a week.

The contract, to take effect from 01 April 2017, will see investment of around £238 million going into the contract for 2017/18. In addition, £157 million from a previous earmarked scheme will be transferred into core GP funding so that family doctors can be more flexible in how they care for the most frail.

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