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GPs go forth

GP registrar pay blow to recruitment

The BMA has warned GP recruitment will suffer after the pay Review Body failed to increase supplement levels to GP registrars.

The decision to keep the out-of-hours supplement at 65 per cent of previous basic hospital salary came in recommendations for doctors not covered by the new GP and consultant contracts.

Junior doctors and staff and associate doctors will get a 2.7 per cent rise. Consultants who remain on the old contract will get 2.5 per cent. The BMA had called for 5 per cent increases.

GPC chair Dr John Chis-holm said: 'This may well deter young doctors from choosing general practice as their lifetime career.'

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