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GP locum notional pay cap set at £80 per hour, says GPC


This has been added into the contract to cause disharmony between colleagues so please everyone don't take the bait. A cap in general practice for locums is not enforceable unless practices or federations collude together. As a partner I feel a rate of £85-£100 per hour is probably fair for the training and expertise for a gp and maybe even a bit undervalued. I have had some excellent Locum colleagues I have contracted and happy to pay the above rates. There have however been some very poor Locum colleagues who see the work as a stop gap till the usual gp can see the patient, do a battery of unnecessary investigations and never address the clinical problem which considering the pay is unfair. I feel for my salaried colleagues who also do amazing work and are undervalued financially. As a partner I would like to reward them appropriately (my thoughts are that a salaried gp working 40 hours a week should be worth £100k pensions,indemnity and on costs). Partner are worth more considering the risk,responsibilities and open ended nature of the work. However with the disinvestment in general practice I cant reward them appropriately as Im firefighting daily. It's a sad state of affairs. This country does not attach any value to skills,qualifications, training and experience and for that matter to any service whixh does not generate money. It promotes entrepreneurship from blaggers who take advantage of staff and employees. This is not going to change. As for general practice and the NHS,there is a central agenda to make it unworkable and as sad as it will be as the principle of the NHS is a great one, the future lies in private practice. Unfortunately we are too institutionalised to make that change at the moment. The change will also have political barriers with attempts by the GMC, CQC and our own BMA and RCGP to stop the exodus and keep doctors enslaved to the NHS. But sooner or later, all doctors will have to make the choice in order to get back self respect.

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16 Oct 2016

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