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PMS pay gap set to be reviewed

A finding that PMS GPs work the same hours as their GMS counterparts, yet earn far

more, is likely be taken into account in the Government review of PMS.

Professor Hugh Gravelle, professor of health economics at the York Centre for Health Economics, said his research, which was funded by the Department of Health, called into question the future of PMS.

He said the Government should be asking: 'What are PMS GPs being paid for? And are PMS contracts good value for money?'

The study also found GPs whose practices were in receipt of 'additional needs' payment adjustments actually worked fewer hours than the average.

'These findings show the

additional needs workload

adjustment formula needs

revision,' Dr Gravelle said. 'The current review by the department is timely.'

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC

negotiator, said this finding may be accounted for by the fact many practices in more

deprived areas had more part-time workers.

On PMS and GMS GPs' hours, he said: 'I suspect PMS practices spend their extra money on additional GPs who then spread the bigger workload.'

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