Easter Bank Holidays: LMC Covid 19 Guidance (Updated 8th April 2020)
Please see below the funding formula for Good Friday and Easter Monday opening announced 8th April 2020.
Good Friday and Easter Monday reimbursement rates
Where it is determined that a practice must open on Good Friday or Easter Monday, practices can seek reimbursement for additional staffing costs incurred on these days, in line with the respective rates as set out below. That includes:
- Sessional GPs: up to a maximum of £250 a session or £500 per day;
- Overtime for salaried GPs in line with the individual’s contractual arrangements;
- Additional capacity from GP Partners to recognise up to two additional sessions on each of Good Friday and Easter Monday at a rate of £289 per session plus applicable employer National Insurance and pension costs;
- Overtime for non-GP practice staff in line with the individual’s contractual arrangements.
Practices should discuss with their local commissioner the level of service required on bank holidays and agree in advance what additional staffing costs will be reimbursed.
Details of the General Practice COVID support fund will soon be shared, and additional expenses will be considered within this.
The requirement to open on the Bank Holidays is an emergency amendment to the GMS contract. Kent LMC do not consider this funding meets that required to deliver a normal days GMS service.
Kent LMC recommend practices achieve their contractual requirements by ‘meeting the reasonable needs of their patients who are ill or believe themselves to be ill’.
The staffing of Primary Care Treatment Centres (Hot Hubs) is covered by GMS and there is nothing to indicate any additional funding for the Easter Holidays. PCNs should consider this in determining how and when they open.
Dr John Allingham FRCGP
(I work for Kent LMC Mon, Wed and Thurs)