Fears new contract will drive down locum pay
Non-principals are threatening to vote No in the new contract ballot, fearing the deal will
drive down locum pay rates.
Dr Peter Harvey, former joint-chair of the GPC's
non-principals sub-committee, said abolition of the basic practice allowance would remove any incentive for practices to offer partnerships to locums.
A slowdown in recruiting principals would create a glut of locums and allow practices to cut pay rates, said Dr
Dr Harvey, a GP in Holt, Norfolk, added the contract would be a 'recipe for exploitation' of non-principals, who make up 15 per cent of the electorate for the ballot.
'Fifteen per cent of the electorate have a big influence,' he said. 'At the moment I am going to vote No unless I get extra information.'