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Government considering DDRB findings on GP pay

Ministers are currently reviewing recommendations on GP pay, after the independent review body submitted its report.

The report from the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) has not yet been published, however the Department of Health and Social Care told Pulse it has been shared with the Government.

Typically published in March, ahead of the 1 April implementation date of annual GP contract changes, the delayed report had initially been expected last month.

A DHSC spokesperson said: 'We have received the report and are currently considering its findings.'

The Government has said any contractual uplift resulting from the review of the report will be backdated.

The GP contract negotiations for England concluded with a 3.4% uplift to overall funding for 2018/19, including a 1% provisional pay uplift pending the DDRB review.

Welsh GPs have also received a provisional 1% uplift, while in Northern Ireland an £8.8m funding uplift was awarded, with news on a GP pay uplift to 'follow later in the year' pending the DDRB report.

The pay uplift for Scottish GPs is also dependent on the DDRB recommendations, despite the introduction of a new Scottish GP contract from April.

The BMA has requested a GP pay uplift of of 2% plus RPI.

Readers' comments (3)

  • The recommendation must be at least 1% above RPI. The DDRB is clearly carrying much of the blame for GP shortages, as they insist on putting government policy on funding (1% pay cap) ahead of the government manifesto promise of 5000 more GPs.

    This year, the government has not put a cap on pay, but the promise for increased number of GPs still exists.

    Furthermore, the government must fully implement, or beat any recommendation set out by DDRB. At least until it has delivered the promised new GPs.

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  • Doctor McDoctor Face

    Do we actually have a government at the moment?

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  • THE UPLIFT WILL BE 10% FOR SALARIED GPs BUT FUNDED BY PARTNERS WHO WILL THEN TAKE ANOTHER 10% DROP. HOWEVER PARTNERS WILL RECIEVE A 0.2% UPLIFT IF THEY CAN REDUCE A/E ADMISSIONS BY 50% IN 3 MONTHS.

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