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Independents' Day

GPs 'left in the dark' over pay until next year

GPC negotiators have ruled out releasing an updated ready-reckoner this year, leaving GPs unable to work out what they will earn under the new contract.

Following the ballot Yes vote negotiators said they intended constructing a new spreadsheet to take account of last-minute changes on using registered lists, removing the MPIG penalty, and using practice disease prevalence to weight quality pay.

But GPC joint-deputy

chair Dr Simon Fradd said there was now a consensus among negotiators that ploughing ahead on contract implementation work was a higher priority than constructing and road-testing an earnings ready-reckoner. Publishing a new ready-reckoner would still only give an indication of earnings that could substantially change by next April as practice populations changed, he added.

'I understand people want certainty, so they will be disappointed,' said Dr Fradd.

David Clough, chair of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, said the delay left GPs 'in the dark'.

He added: 'All they can go on are estimates produced by the negotiators, which are all average.'

Dr David Hanraty, a GP in Hailsham, East Sussex, said: 'Most doctors feel they've been treated shabbily. We've got to plan the way we run our practices and employ staff.'

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