General Practitioners: Rural Areas

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will establish a strategic small surgeries fund to help small rural GPs affected by the new funding formulae.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department recognises that the withdrawal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) for general practices has raised concerns about the viability of some small practices. That is why we have made the decision to take the next seven years to implement the change to MPIG funding fully. Phasing the changes over this period will allow the minority of practices that lose funding to adjust gradually to the reduction in payments.

NHS England area teams are working with the small number of practices that are particularly affected to consider if different arrangements need to be in place to ensure there are appropriate primary medical services for local populations in place.

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