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Use Theresa May's £200m to save general practice, NI leaders told


You see If you have just watched Andrew Marr's programme this morning , the two currently 'hottest labels' are DUP and Pay Review Bodies(for various public sectors including NHS and education). The DUP story teminds us of the vitality to be the Kingmaker rather than the Kingslayer (unless you fancy the life of Jamie Lannister in Games of Throne). The price tag of being a kingmaker , or more appropriately queen-maker in the context of our PM, is currently £1.5 billion with rumours that this can inflate further. Yes , I agree it is important to have windfall money to help the crises in Northern Ireland especially and specifically in general practice and health service (provided that new money is really to be used for this purpose). But what about the rest of the country with the PM insisting that there was no such thing called 'magic money tree' during the election campaign? Listening to the cunning Michael Gove , one cannot stop shaking his/her head that he was still playing the old trick of claiming credit of a policy(hence, saving the lives of people in NI)which was set up for a totally unrelated political agenda i.e. saving the a*se of his zombie PM and her party , in the first place, Then the question of lifting the pay cap in public sectors and what will happen? Nobody , including the Labour's shadow health secretary, had the guts to suggest a possible figure of pay rise . Another old trick called passing the ball around was played . Suddenly, Pay Review Bodies have become the most important offices in this country . But they only work under the strict conditions set by the government, D'oh!(as the Simpsons would say). Well , the proper terminology is hypocrisy.Given the latest inflation figure of 2.9% which had already exceeded the wage rise figure of around 2.3% this year , you wonder what figures the review bodies could really come up with . It is now interesting how the negotiation between GPC and our corresponding pay review body will turn out to be. The reality is until one sees the black and white being signed and the actual money , nothing is guaranteed.

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02 Jul 2017

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