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Half of NHS employers struggling to recruit salaried GPs

Around half of NHS employers are struggling to recruit salaried GPs, and find that hiking their pay does not help.

NHS Employers, which discovered the finding via a survey, put this down to a lack of available GP workforce.

In evidence to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), NHS Employers said this comes as 'salaried GPs are now employed by a range of different NHS organisations providing a range of services'.

The evidence said: 'Around half of those employers who responded to our survey said that they had experienced some issues with the recruitment and retention of salaried GPs.

'Although some put this down to supply issues, there was no indication that remuneration was a significant factor.’

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the DDRB to pay specific attention to the recruitment of salaried GPs in this year's pay recommendation, because of 'the expansion of the salaried model in general practice'.

NHS Employers' evidence further highlighted a new trend for contractor GPs to choose salaried employment, using the example of the six practices in Gosport, Hampshire, which have gone to work for the local MCP vanguard.

It said that in light of this development, 'it will be important to have a contractual framework that supports and encourages such new ways of working'.

The DDRB has also been asked to look at whether the Government's overall pay envelope – which like previous years comes with just a 1% uplift – can be applied flexibly to boost recruitment in under-doctored areas.

But the NHS Employers evidence submission said a 1% uplift was 'insufficient to make a significant change', with over half of survey respondents favouring the option of giving all staff a 1% pay uplift.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Who cares? Doesn't the government just ignore the DDRB recommendations anyway?

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  • Economic illiterates.
    If pay per session/year was £30,000 they would have many takers.
    If it was £20,000 they would still have takers.
    At £15,000 that might reduce if the job and working conditions were horrible.
    At £10,000 it would depend on local options, supply and reality of the job.
    At £5000 there would be no applicants.

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  • Wow, a 1% uplift!!!! Break out the champers...

    This won't even cover a fraction of the annual increase in indemnity fees.

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  • With 2 pence per patient increase year to year, one can't even compensate for the rise in cost of toilet paper. I'd have these wise guys performing their ablutions with bare hands.

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  • there was no indication that remuneration was a significant factor = the plan will be to cut pay

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  • When interim managers command salaries of £1000/day and management consultants charge like wounded Rhino's there is little left to fund GP's who actually do the work.

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  • When there was surplus of Sessional GPs they were exploited by the partners.Nobody wanted partners. They had to find their own defence cover.B.M.A contract conditions were ignored.Some worked with 4 week holidays.And meet the expense worked even in this holidays.Now their days have come.Parners have two choices either pay up or retire.As to other organisations on NHS gravy train of PMS and APMS loaded with money is over.Add value or return the the contracts and let young doctors to exploit the new ways or working and get some share of money ,which is still there if you know how to mine it.

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