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Accountants still sceptical at 'massive GP pension rise'

Accountants are still questioning GP negotiators' promises that GPs will get a 50 per cent-plus pension rise in the first three years of the contract.

Dr Simon Fradd, GPC joint-deputy chair, said GPs could expect the rise because their incomes would jump by an average of 48 per cent.

In addition, all NHS income would be superannuable and the dynamising factor applied to bring GPs' pensionable income in line with today's prices would rise in line with earnings, he said.

But Rosemary Smith, accountant at Sandisson Easson, said it was far from certain GPs would get their fair share of the 33 per cent extra Government investment in primary care, as some of the funds would go via primary care organisations.

'That's a major flaw in calculating a 48 per cent pay increase,' she added.

Dr Fradd said there was no evidence to suggest a disproportionate amount of the

investment would go to other


'You have to assume that 33 per cent increase will apply to general practice as much as to the provision of community staff,' he said.

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