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Salaried GPs' pay rates set at £65,000 a year

Salaried GPs employed by practices or primary care organisations will be paid around £65,000 a year, Pulse has learned.

The benchmark figure, agreed by Ministers and the GPC, was leaked by a senior contract source after a model contract for salaried GPs was published in the final round of documentation.

Pay rates will vary according to the PCT or practice employing the GP and the type of work, but a series of minimum rates have been set. These will be rubber-stamped by the Review Body this summer.

The model contract has been drawn up to replace the individual contracts salaried GPs have to negotiate. It states salaried GPs will get 30 days' holiday and have to retire at 65.

Practices employing salar-ied GPs must also establish a panel, headed by the LMC chair and PCT lay member, in the event of a disagreement between the GP and the practice. The practice must then act on the panel's advice.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman told Pulse the agreed pay rate should be a minimum but would rely on salaried GPs not accepting less. 'People can always choose to work for less, but our advice is they shouldn't do that,' he said.

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