General Medical Services GP contract from April 2018

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Changes have been agreed to the General Medical Services GP contract for 2018/19 with effect from 1 April 2018. These changes apply in England only. Steven Boxwell in our Plymouth office covers the changes. Although […]

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Care Quality Commission imposes financial viability test

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From 12 February 2018 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is imposing a new financial viability test on new care providers. Urgent action is required to obtain a statement of financial viability. The CQC has confirmed that the new test […]

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Care Quality Commission’s ratings programme extended

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The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) ratings programme, covering hospital care, social care and GPs, is extended to cover more than 800 additional providers. This includes independent doctors that offer primary care online. All healthcare organisations in England […]

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“Mexican standoff” over locum pay

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NHS watchdogs have backed down in a row with locum doctors, performing a u-turn over new tax rules. The NHS, like other public bodies, is having to grapple with new rules introduced from 6 April […]

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Tax changes dropped ahead of the general election

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Major tax changes that were announced in the Spring Budget have been dropped by the government, due to a lack of time to pass them into law ahead of the 8 June General Election. With […]

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Pensions update

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Whilst the spring 2017 Budget did not make any changes to the pension annual allowance or lifetime allowance, the following issues need to be borne in mind: Tapering of pension annual allowance: Tax returns that […]

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Key aspects of the 2017/18 GP contract

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Although this list is not intended to be comprehensive, the following is a selection of some of the things to look out for: Professional Indemnity costs Most practices should have received in the last couple […]

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Self employed? Take care not to overpay your NICs

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The spring Budget was somewhat overshadowed by the subsequent U-turn on rises in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. Whilst the Chancellor had wanted to increase Class 4 by 1% in April […]

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The GP Seniority Clawback 2013/14

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Seniority payments continue to be phased out with the seniority scheme itself ending on 31 March 2020. In the meantime, GPs should continue to check their individual positions for potential clawbacks. The average superannuable income […]

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Funds offered to help develop GP practices of the future

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Companies, organisations and charities have less than three weeks to apply for up to £100,000 in funding to develop an innovative idea to help struggling GP practices cope with rising demand. Run in association with […]

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