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Seniority payments

Q: We are a PMS practice. If the seniority payments of all the partners were included in the budget at the beginning of the contract, will any annual increase for the subsequent years be added to the budget or not? The PMS contract manager at the PCT has advised us that there will be no automatic annual increase in the seniority allowance in PMS practices' budgets. This means that no annual increase has been occurring for the past few years since the new way of calculating seniority pay was applied.

A: If your seniority has been inc­luded in the PMS baseline and you are not receiving a separate payment, then it will only be
uplifted as and when the PMS baseline is uplifted.

I recall that PCTs gave PMS practices a choice as to whether to receive their seniority under the new GMS rules or keep the amount in their baseline.

Of course, the majority of  practices opted for the option that was beneficial for them at the time.

Jenny Stone

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