Single rate to be set for PEC work
GPs who sit on professional executive committees will be paid a single national rate set at the level of an 'average' GP practice, Pulse understands.The Department of Health is currently finalising the system by which GPs will be paid for serving on PECs, and is expected to announce details in the next few weeks. The department had wanted to let PCTs set their own pay levels to encourage GPs to join PECs. But it was forced to opt for a national rate after its lawyers advised at the last minute that PCTs setting the rates of pay would require primary legislation.Dr Mike Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, said that while the details were still to be finalised, he was confident that GP compensation would be sufficiently attractive.'The remuneration will be at least the same remuneration as that of a reasonably well-paid practice,' he said. 'I'm fully assured that nobody will lose out financially.'Dr Dixon admitted national pay rates were a 'blunt instrument', but said they were unlikely to have a major impact on recruitment to PECs.'Technically if you're a very high earning practice there's a danger you may lose out, but equally if you're a very low earning practice you'll gain.'