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GPs set up bonus schemes for staff

GPs are setting up performance-related bonus schemes for staff to reward their work in achieving quality points but also keep a lid on pay rises.

Medical accountants said practices were making the move because they could not afford big increases in staff salaries now the money was included in the global sum.

They said the move would recognise the fact points are not earned solely by GPs and would aid recruitment, motivation and retention.

Ian Condie, a partner at Condie & Co in Edinburgh, said several of his GP clients were considering schemes as a means of keeping pay increases at inflation levels. Practices could not afford to track Whitley Council increases of more than 10 per cent a year any more, he said.

David Clough, chair of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, said the move was an alternative to extending partnerships to staff.

Dr John Couch, a GP in Ashford, Middlesex, said his PMS practice was considering a bonus scheme where a percentage of quality earnings are put into a pool for all staff.

'The harder they work the more we are going to get. They will start to get dissatisfied if they don't get a return.'

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