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GP down in the mouth over his lost seniority pay

Dr James Flynn is missing out on seniority payments after making the unusual switch from dentistry to general practice.

A former maxillofacial surgery registrar, Dr Flynn retrained 20 years ago and now practises in Cheltenham. He said he was shocked to discover his dentistry experience did not count towards seniority pay.

'It's as if I'm being penalised because I am loyal to the NHS,' he said. 'This applies to other people, such as pharmacists, who move into general practice.'

Gloucestershire LMC has tabled a motion at this year's LMCs conference calling for all NHS service to count towards the payments, backdated to April 2003, as a result of the case.

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