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GP co-op planning to double shift rates

A GP co-op has proposed putting its shift rates up by as much as 100 per cent to attract GPs to work under the new contract. Shropshire Doctors on Call intends to increase pay for GP triage work from £50 to £90 an hour for evenings, £80 to £120 an hour for nights, and £55 to £100 an hour for weekend triage work.

For shifts at the primary care centre and mobile work, rates would rise from £50 to £100 an hour for nights, £40 to £70 an hour for evenings, and £45 to £80 an hour for weekends.

The co-op is the latest to increase rates in advance of the new contract. Medical manager Dr Steve Hugh said 'market tensions' had prompted the rise.

He said: 'These are what we anticipate rates will be by this time next year. That's what we are proposing to keep people interested in working out-of-hours.'

But Shropshire County PCT is concerned about soaring rates. Liz Welsh, primary care development manager, said: 'We have concerns but we don't know if these shift rates are what we will have to afford.'

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