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Depression, anxiety and NICE guidance: where GPs stand now

The chronic GP shortage in Wales is set to worsen due to a combination of lower earnings, maternity pay disputes, retirements and difficult working conditions.

Dr David Bailey, GPC Wales deputy chair, said the new contract had widened the pay gap between GPs in Wales and their counterparts in England from £8,000 to £11,000.

Welsh GPs had larger lists and greater disease prevalence than English practices and had to work far harder to earn QOF points, Dr Bailey added.

'We are still hoping the Welsh Assembly Government will compensate us for this.

'It's ludicrous for the Assembly to allow any pay gap to widen under the new contract because it is just making the situation worse,' Dr Bailey said.

He added: 'What we need is a perspective that conditions in Wales are at least as good as in England. We rely on attracting GPs from England.'

The GPC has also raised concerns that health boards are withholding discretionary maternity locum pay.

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