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Salaried GPs in line for 1.5% pay rise

By Steve Nowottny

Salaried GPs should be given a pay increase of at least 1.5% following this year's GP pay award, BMA leaders have urged.

The call follows the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body's recommendation that the minimum and maximum of the salaried GPs' salary range be increased by 1.5% for 2009/10.

In a letter to the profession setting out the implications of the report, Gail Norcliffe, joint head of the BMA's NHS GPs division said this general increase should be reflected in uplifts for all salaried GPs on the BMA's model contract.

The letter states: ‘As a result of the DDRB's recommendation, salaried GPs on the model salaried GP contract should receive an uplift of at least 1.5% to their salary.'

The advice comes despite the fact that about three quarters of GMS practices and most PMS practices can expect an effective uplift of just 0.7%.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chief executive of the National Association of Sessional GPs, backed the BMA advice and said that salaried GPs deserved a 1.5% rise even if some partners were likely to receive a smaller uplift.

‘Some GPs may well feel that they're getting less this year so so should salaried GPs, but it doesn't work that way,' he said. ‘When they call their plumber and say "Listen mate I'm sorry but I'm getting paid less so you're getting paid less", it doesn't work that way.'

‘GP principals have enjoyed over the last ten years many years of fantastic negotiation from the GPC and the BMA for pay awards. Salaried GPs have the exactly same responsibility as these partners but none of the control.'

‘By being a salaried GP or by being a locum you pretty much devolve your control to those principals. Therefore we have to have this independent pay rise.'

Salaried GPs set for 1.5% increase Salaried GPs set for 1.5% increase

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