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Carr-Hill formula revision underway

2 June 2015

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GP funding and the Carr-Hill formula is currently being revised, with the first meeting taking place last week, it was revealed today at the Management in Practice Manchester Event.

Virginia Patania, Practice Manager at Jubilee Street Practice in Tower Hamlets attributed the revision getting off the ground due to her practices work lobbying the government on funding for deprived areas.

She said: “What’s happening now…is that the Carr-Hill formula (GMS global sum formula) is being revised, the first meeting was last week, to take into account new factors that haven’t been taken into account since 2004. All this on the back of one little practice that screamed as loud as it could.”

Tower Hamlets is currently one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK and in January Simon Stevens, chief executive on NHS England,  told the Tower Hamlets CCG and GPs that the funding would be revised to take account of deprivation.

He said there would be a review carried out by the advisory committee on resource allocation but did not provide the date that meetings would start.

Patania said: “The fact is that a patient in Tower Hamlets is currently underweighed at 0.76. A quarter of our patients don’t speak English so our appointments take longer and there is the cost of translators.

“We are underfunded by about 33% and the service is coming from overtime not core funding.”

The proposals are due to be announced in October.