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Extend your role to justify your pay

GPs cannot justify their current pay levels unless they are prepared to extend their role, the GP leader of the NHS Alliance has claimed.

Dr Mike Dixon, a GP in Cullompton, Devon, said 'clinical purists' who did not want to help restrain costs were absolving themselves of responsibility for slow, disorganised or inappropriate services.

Dr Dixon told a conference of first-wave practice-based commissioners in Leicester: 'I do not believe the current pay and status of GPs could be justified in the long-term, especially as GP shortages become a thing of the past, unless we are prepared to extend our role.

'We no longer believe in the divine right of kings, nor should we believe in the divine right of GPs.

'If we fail to adapt, we will look precariously like this picture of King Canute.'

Practice-based commissioning was the only bridge between 'old-fashioned values of public health', the needs of a large population and a consumerist philosophy, Dr Dixon added.

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