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GP's £24k hike in hospital pay

Dr Gordon Baird has boosted his pay by £24,000 a year after his NHS trust agreed to more than quadruple rates to GPs for community hospital work.

Dr Baird said six GPs on a rota at the Garrick Hospital in Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway would get an increase from £7,000 to over £30,000 for doing double the number of hours.

Under the scheme, the GPs must work one day in every 12, one night in every 12, and one week in every 12.

Dr Baird, a GP in nearby Sandhead, said: 'This is a proper fixed contract. GPs used to just look after their own patients before in ward rounds, and the work was undervalued.'

Pay for GPs working in community hospitals was excluded from new contract negotiations.

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