An immediate $15 million support package has been agreed and which should be paid to individual Practices via their PHO on or around Wednesday 1 April 2020 (contact your PHO direct if you have not received this support). The support includes:
An on-going sum will be made available during the period of the Level 4 Lockdown (acknowledging the significant reduction in revenue, such as patient co-payments, being received during this period). Payment should be made to Practices on or around Thursday 9 April 2020 and will initially cover the first two weeks of the Lockdown.
There was to be a second identical payment two weeks later, to ensure that the financial impact to General Practices of the first four weeks of the lockdown have been covered. However, GenPro has become aware that the Government is now withholding the second payment.
The level of payment was based on $45million over four weeks and this works out at $2.34 per ESU for urban practices and $2.46 per ESU for rural practices.
GenPro is acting on behalf of our members in pursuing the reinstatement of the payment. Our media statement dated 21 April 2020 provides more information (see link on the left of this page).
Prior to the GPLF teleconference with the Ministry and DHBs on Sunday 29 March 2020, the Interim Chair of GenPro, Dr Tim Malloy, spoke directly with both the Minister of Health and the Director General of Health to emphasise the dire situation affecting General Practices and their financial sustainability. We believe these discussions were instrumental in securing the financial support outlined above.
The reduction in revenue for Urgent Care centres and ACC activity has been acknowledged and a further national level discussion including the Ministry of Health and ACC has been promised.
PHOs are being encouraged to utilise their further financial flexibility to support Practices at this time. We would again recommend Practices contact their PHO directly.
All employers can immediately claim the Government’s wage subsidy if:
The wage subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:
The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee. To apply now and for more information: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html (* Note: These terms are subject to change at any time)
Employers and employees have responsibilities to ensure the safety of the workplace (e.g. for staff, patients and visitors) – these include for example the supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Again we would recommend Practices contact their PHOs for support in this regard. For more information on Worksafe responsibilities at this time: https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/workplace-preparedness-for-novel-coronavirus