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Non-EU GPs in row over seniority

GPs who qualified outside of Europe are claiming new seniority pay arrangements are 'discriminatory' because they cannot claim for any service before they joined the NHS.

Doctors who qualified in the European Economic Area (EEA) are able to count service in their home country.

The British International Doctors Association said it would appeal to Health Secretary John Reid.

Dr Shiv Pande, chair of the association and a GP in Liverpool, called for a complete overhaul of the arrangements.

'These doctors' experience should be counted,' he said. 'The NHS has not contributed a single penny to their training. Their pre-NHS work should be taken into account.'

The GPC said GPs who qualified outside Europe have never been able to claim service from before they came to the UK and it could not 'negotiate around' EEA rules.

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