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Independents' Day

Maternity pay rise for some

Locum reimbursement for maternity leave has been raised by more than 50 per cent.

The maximum payment will rise from £979 to £1,500, but the funding level remains at the discretion of PCOs.

The reimbursement is payable from the third week of maternity leave onwards.

Dr Clarissa Fabre, honorary president of the Medical Women's Federation, and a GP in Uckfield, East Sussex ,said while the increase in funding was welcome the change was 'not satisfactory' because payments would still be at PCOs' discretion and many would not pay the full amount.

She said: 'A lot of them are broke and in debt. This is an area they jump on as it is discretionary.'

Dr Fabre added that discretionary funding made it harder for practices to plan for absence. 'We want to make it a fixed rate for every one. That's what we want to fight for.'

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