Do GPs deserve a pay rise?
Battle has commenced on the annual pay review for GPs and here we summarise the arguments made by either side in their evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration.
- Called on DDRB to consider ‘what, if any, uplift is appropriate’ for 2016/17
- Practices have a ‘choice’ to reduce expenses by creating efficiencies, including working at scale and sharing back office functions, or by hiring clinical pharmacists and other support staff to absorb workload
- Recruitment problems will not be solved by targeting the DDRB award to hard-to-recruit areas
- Salaried GP recruitment risks being hampered by an overall contractual uplift as practices may not pass on the increase
- GP workload with regards to the number of patients they are caring for per full-time GP has fallen by 6.7% in the past 10 years, and NHS England also said there had been ‘a small reduction in the number of hours worked’.
- GPs should be treated in line with the wider economy, where pay settlements are greater than the 1% award ordained by the chancellor
- The pay uplift should reflect ‘what is needed to recruit, retain and motivate’ doctors, not affordability constraints
- The DDRB should re-assert independence from the Government and make a recommendation on gross earnings
- The plan to recruit 200 US physician associates on £50k is a key concern as it would take a UK doctor 10 years to reach that level
- The rationale for increasing the existing London weighting should be looked at again, as this allowance has not been reviewed for nearly a decade