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David Austin

GPs are being discriminated against because of a decision not to pay them for work for the newly-formed medical education body, the GPC and RCGP have claimed.

The attack comes in a joint letter from the two bodies to the Postgraduate Graduate Medical Education and Training Board.

Dr Mayur Lakhani, chair of the RCGP, and Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said a decision not to fund GPs doing work on its behalf was ‘fundamentally misguided'. Unlike hospital doctors GPs would incur direct costs because they need to employ locums in their absence, they wrote.

‘GPs are very unlikely to be able to engage in PMETB's

work if they are not compensated for the time they spend away from practice,' the letter states.

GP locums and partners in small and singlehanded practices would be most affected if they took up work for the PMETB because of the effect on their earnings, the letter says.

The previous medical education body for GPs – the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice – offered reimbursement of expenses and honoraria of up to £400 per day to GPs.

The PMETB said it wanted to ‘continue the practice' of the JCPTGP. It was arranging locum reimbursement through dean-eries and said other expenses had already been agreed.

Dr Mayur Lakhani:

decision was ‘fundamentally misguided'

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