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GPs have every justification for a decent increase in pay

Pay experts have warned that public opinion may not be on GPs' side when their pay rise is announced. Even if this were true, why should GPs' long overdue pay increase be influenced by a quaintly old-fashioned concern for what others might think?

The GPC should take strength from the fact they are negotiating with a government that recently awarded itself an inflation-shattering salary increase. And for more than a decade GPs' pleas to bring their pay in line with equivalent professions have been crushed by derisory awards.

Even if the esteem in which the public holds a profession is inversely proportional to its income, the contents of a GP's pay packet are, to put it bluntly, none of Joe Public's business.

If the GPC wants to assess the impact of a large pay increase, it should seek the opinions of the people who really matter ­ those doctors who could help solve the recruitment crisis.

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