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Funding “within six weeks” for east London GMS practices, CCG chief explains

3 August 2015

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All practices in the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area that are on General Medical Services (GMS) contracts could get additional funding within six weeks, CCG chief officer Jane Milligan said.

The funding, which for Tower Hamlets will be £407,000, will come from a non-recurrent ‘headroom fund’ held by all NHS England teams, which amounts to 1% of primary medical services funding in an area, discovered by GP Online last week, despite GPs previously being told there is no additional money available.

To be eligible for support practice must have at or greater than 63%, no partner with pensionable earnings over £106,000, no contract breaches since 2013, over half of contract holders must have no live performer or GMC cases, and fewer than five outliers on the GP High Level Indicators system.

In a statement released to all press, Milligan said: “Following the announcement about the agreement reached with NHS England for a local scheme to support Tower Hamlets GP practices with additional workload, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG has agreed with NHS England the criteria to be applied and have written out to GP practices today.  

“The scheme is open to all GMS practices and we hope to complete the application process within six weeks, providing the practices can supply all of the necessary information to support their application.”