Cut in GP consultations spurs on expert patients programme
GPs have condemned a Government decision to snub their call for a threefold increase in training grants.
Ministers accepted a Doctors and Dentists Review Body recommendation to increase the grant by just 3.225 per cent, bringing the award up to £750.
In its report this week, the Review Body also announced that salaried GPs, doctors in training and GPs working in community hospitals will get 3.225 per cent. The decision means the salary bands for GPs employed by PCOs will range from £49,248 to £74,816.
Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said the Government's decision to accept the report undermined its claim to want to increase GP numbers.
'We are bitterly disappointed that GP trainers will not receive a significant increase,' he said.
'We have a Government which says it is committed to increasing the number of doctors but without these trainers there will be no one to teach the future generation of GPs.'