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Government urged to explore salaried GP service by Lords


Above all else, the UK government is determined to control wage inflation in the public sector, which is why extra funding for general practice has been so tightly rationed compared to hospital Trusts. Historically, extra funds going into practices have resulted in increased GP partner income = wage inflation. Extra funds going into hospital departments resulting in extra staff/consultants = no wage inflation. Clearly general practice is starved of funds and desperately needs investment, but any extra funding will initially increase GPs' income before practices will invest in extra staff or services. Historically, following investment, governments have invariably frozen funding to claw back this increase. Unfortunately, the only long term solution that would permit consistent investment in general practice by UK governments would be a salaried service.

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05 Apr 2017

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