16 March 2014

QOF Guidance 2014-15

The QOF guidance for 2014-15 has now been published on the BMA website.  The guidance includes a summary table at the end of the document which highlights all the changes made.

Music Licenses for Waiting Rooms..

GPC has been contacted by PPL, which is a music licensing company that works on behalf of performers and record companies (most of them small businesses or sole traders) to license, amongst other activities, the playing in public of recorded music.  PPL’s role stems from the legal requirement that the permission of the copyright owner must be obtained before a sound recording can lawfully be played in public, by virtue of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
You may wish to view their website here for more information, including an explanation of the difference between PPL and PRS for Music.
PPL issues licences to many medical practices and surgeries for the playing of background music within their premises and they tell us that to date have not experienced any significant issues with licensing BMA members.

GP News from the Chair...

latest (12th March 2014) edition available here.

Includes Ready Reckoner to see effects of new GMS contract changes

42nd Doctors & Dentists Review Body reports....

the recommendation is for a 1% increase in renumeration overall for doctors. This is to be achieved by a 0.28% increase in the GMS contract value.
See here for more information