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Deal may not close pay gap for GPs in Scotland

The £10,000 pay gap between GPs in Scotland and England could remain under the new contract, the Scottish GPC says.

GPC Scotland joint-chair Dr Mary Church said the morbidity levels and rurality of many practices in the country would not necessarily mean Scottish GPs would get more money in their global sum.

Morbidity and rurality are two of the six elements used to calculate GPs' notional patient list.

But Dr Church said Scottish GPs would be paid for the higher marks they achieved in the quality and outcomes framework.

'It has been recognised that practices in Scotland have lower list sizes and a quality service that has never been rewarded. But the contract is not designed to address differences ­ it is designed to address patient needs,' she said.

'In Scotland there has been a lot more quality work and a higher percentage of Scottish GPs will do better in the quality framework.'

Dr Dean Marshall, medical secretary of Lothian LMC, said GPs in Scotland would be disappointed if the pay gap was not closed.

Dr Gregor Purdie, secretary of Dumfries and Galloway LMC, said it was impossible for GPs in Scotland to work out how they would be affected.

'We have not been able to work out the rural part of the formula. Is it going to balance the loss of Chapter 10.5 and mileage payments? There is no way as yet that we can do our sums,' he said.

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