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GPs have attacked the NHS Agenda for Change pay structure as unrealistic and too expensive for practices to implement.

Doctors in Cornwall are planning to lobby the GPC and MPs for a separate grading structure for practice staff and more money for GPs to increase pay rates.

GPs are not obliged to meet the Agenda for Change pay scales for nurses, receptionists and practice managers, but have been advised to do so by the GPC and ministers.

Dr Phil Dommett, Cornwall LMC chair, said Agenda for Change 'overlooked' practice staff because it only considered pay in hospitals.

He said: 'Agenda for Change doesn't take into account that not only is a different structure needed for practices but that needs to be properly funded.'

The LMC is planning to table a motion at this year's LMCs conference calling for new funding to be added to practice budgets so they can properly reward staff.

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