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Treasury opens door for GPs to receive pay rise of above 1%

The Treasury has indicated that staff groups with recruitment and retention issues may receive bigger awards than the 1% previously outlined by the Government, raising hopes that GPs will benefit.

The Government had previously announced that public sector workers – including GPs – would receive just a 1% pay rise each year for the next four years.

However, in a letter to the DDRB and other public sector pay review bodies, chief secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands wrote that would ‘be applied in a targeted manner to support the delivery of public services’.

Mr Hands said that this could mean some groups of public sector workers may receive more than other groups and some may receive less, with pay awards being used ‘to address recruitment and retention pressures’.

The letter, dated 19 August and published on the Government’s website, said: ‘As you will have seen, the Government announced at Budget it will fund public sector workforces for a pay award of 1% a year for four years from 2016/17.

‘The Government expects pay awards to be applied in a targeted manner to support the delivery of public services, and to address recruitment and retention pressures.’

It continued: ‘This may mean that some workers could receive more than 1% while others could receive less; there should not be an expectation that every worker will receive a 1% award.’

The news has come as the GP recruitment crisis shows no signs of letting up, with a fifth of GP training places unfilled overall this year, including half of places in the worst-affected areas.

Meanwhile, Pulse exclusively revealed earlier this month that 8,000 GPs a year are applying for a permit to work abroad.

GP practices received a 1.16% funding uplift from April, calculated as a 1% pay rise with the traditonally used formula, even though the DDRB refused to use that formula in its recommendation as it had not delivered the intended pay increases in the past.

The Government launched a £10m scheme to boost GP recruitment and retention earlier this year but has not yet taken steps to boost income levels. Instead, a Pulse survey of GP partners found their take-home pay had plummeted by 6% since the supposed April pay rise.

GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘There is clearly an urgent need for the Government to address the deepening GP recruitment and0 retention crisis and one of the fundamental ways to do this is reverse the cuts we’ve seen over the last decade and to properly invest in general practice instead, not just to ensure GPs get a pay rise rather than any further pay cuts, but also to ensure all practices have the necessary funding to employ the necessary workforce to meet their patients’ growing needs.

‘If we have any chance of making general practice an attractive option for young doctors again, the Treasury has to radically change it’s approach in order to enable the DH and NHS England to make the vital investment needed.’

Readers' comments (25)

  • As was said many years ago"where's the beef".I'll believe it when I see it my gut feeling is that GP has a mortal wound which will take more than weasley words and promises to heal.Do we trust them?I don't one inch.I suppose we'll see in April,8 months between now and then a long,long time.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Remember Tom Cruise's film, Jerry Maguire?
    One of his favourite lines was, 'Show me the money'.(you see, I have to know these things as my wife is a die hard Tom Cruise fan!)
    Until you see it , everything is premature ...,,,

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  • money talks, BS walks

    doctors in the make decent money, but by the time superann, TAX, indemnity, subscriptions etc are removed your looking at around 4grand a month net on a 100k (GBP )salary; then factor in a mortgage and costs of living and no wonder a 100k salary doesn't take you very far. I read somewhere from an earlier poster that a GPOs salary no longer gives the real trappings of middle class life such as big house, nice car, fancy holidays, ability to save and build wealth for the future, kids in private school etc.......

    Is it any bloody wonder doctors are emigrating to countries where they can have a life worthy of their status?????

    who wants to be a pauper??? not me that's why I bloody left.....

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  • make it 20% and i might consider staying in this crappy country

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  • It isn't going to happen and even if it did, which it won't, is another 0.5% or another 1% going to make any difference? No.

    Why won't it happen?
    Because the Govt wants rid of general practice as it is currently constituted, so it is deliberately underfunding and over-working GPs. This Govt has already gone on record denying a recruitment crisis and it will just continue to do so.

    Any GP who thinks they can negotiate with this Govt is a delusional fantasist. There are some such GPs, and they are all on the GPC

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  • Peanuts in comparison to hefty pay rises for MPs... who did not have deductions in the first place.
    Do these guys think that others are morons.....ah yes, they do - after all they have those baloney empty think tanks operating in Westminster.

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  • Given our indemnity cost is rising about 5-8%/year, I suspect next year's indemnity will increase by about £600. 1.5% rise on net of 100K will be £1500. Take away the pension of 28% and income tax of 40%.

    i.e. 1500x0.72 = 1080
    1080-600 = 480
    480 x 0.6 = 288

    Great, I'll get extra £288 for entire year. This isn't enough to even keep up with any other increase in price (e.g. locum insurance, increasing cost of medical courses, fuel, etc etc)

    It's a joke.

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  • Honestly, I would not wish the job on anybody. It is a crappy job in a hate-filled, bullying country with shitty weather and a thuggish media that control the state. I can't even think about Jeremy Hunt without feeling anger. Good luck to those young enough to leave this pool of cess.

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  • I am afraid that with the current behaviour of the secretary of State for health( his clear antagonism towards general medical practice), this flexibility is far too easy to morph into 0% award for GP's because other sectors of health - with far more total "currently in post numbers" by orders of magnitude , will have far higher "headcount" vacancies in their role.

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  • Remember Kenneth Clarke in 1990? No objections to GPs earning enough to drive a Lamborgini - but the Red Book meant that this could only happen if some other GP couldn't even afford a push-bike.
    The Treasury letter says that targeting the 1% pay rise "could mean some groups of public sector workers may receive more than other groups and some may receive less, with pay awards being used ‘to address recruitment and retention pressures’." : it isn't even clear whether this across a single public service or across the whole of the public service.
    I suspect that most will go to raising the minimum wage for over 25s to something still well below the real living wage - and almost certainly not to GPs, regardless of recruitment problems.
    And what a great way to sow division in the Public Services!
    PS are MPs part of the Public Services?

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