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GPs give vote of confidence in negotiators

By Lilian Anekwe

The GP negotiators have received a rare pat on the back from their colleagues, after a Pulse snapshot survey found two-thirds of GPs felt the GPC had done a good job in securing a pay rise this year.

The survey of 100 GPs found 69% felt the handling of the pay talks by GPC negotiators had been ‘OK' or better.

Some 57% said the outcome of the pay talks had been in line with their expectations and 16% said they felt the deal had been better than they had expected.

The great majority of partners who employed salaried GPs said they would be offering them the 1.5% pay rise advised by the BMA, but 57% of GPs felt the 0.7% uplift recommended for PMS practices was not sufficiently high.

GPs were divided when asked whether PCTs should offer parachute payments to support practices facing financial losses as a result of the GPC's agreement to scrap the square root formula from QOF payment calculations.

Some 59% said PCTs should look for ways to keep practices afloat, while 39% disagreed.

But Henk Beerstecher, a GP in Sittingbourne, Kent, said. ‘If there are shortcomings in the payment methods, they should be addressed. The way they were designed did not take account of unusual practices and a permanent solution should be found for them.'

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