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NHS Employers push for 1.5% GMS pay uplift

By Steve Nowottny

Next year's GMS contract uplift should be limited to 1.5%, NHS Employers said today.

In supplementary evidence to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body, it argued that the 1.5% uplift would result in an estimated 2% increase in average GP pay for 2009/10.

NHS Employers called for the uplift in the GMS contract to be applied differentially across the contract in line with the ratios already agreed with GPC negotiators.

Andrew Clapperton, Head of Primary Care Workforce and Contracting at NHS Employers, said: ‘The 1.5% recommendation we have made on behalf of PCTs takes into account a range of factors they have told us are important and are detailed within the evidence we have submitted to the DDRB.'

‘We believe the uplift we have recommended will give GPs a fair increase in their take home pay whilst at the same time it will give PCTs the flexibility to fund additional services that better meet the local healthcare needs of patients.'

NHS chiefs want GMS pay increase limited to 1.5% NHS chiefs wants GMS pay increase limited to 1.5%

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