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GPC lines up contract for registrars

The GPC is to seek a national model contract for GP registrars.

The contract, which would apply to all four UK countries, would aim to address wide variations in working practices.

Pay would not be an issue as scales and increases are dictated by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body.

Dr Andrew Thompson, chair of the GPC's registrar subcommittee, said the 'frameworks' that registrars worked to differed markedly, particularly between England and Scotland.

While some registrars were required to work just six clinical sessions per week, others must work 10 ­ and fit in educational sessions on top.

Dr Thompson said: 'Registrars recognise it would be valuable to have a nationally-agreed contract, and it would also give some reassurance to those applying to general practice.

'Pay scales don't seem to be affected but it's the small print that's interpreted differently. If you are doing 10 clinical sessions per week you start to struggle to fit in tutorials and time for personal study.'

The registrars subcommittee voted to seek talks with NHS Employers and the Committee of General Practice Education Directors (COGPED).

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