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Independents' Day

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.'

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