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Trainers to finally get their pay

Thousands of GP trainers are to finally get paid after a year's delay, the Department of Health promised this week.

The department has secured the retrospective payment of continuing professional development grants for GP trainers for 2006/7, it said.

A Doctors and Dentists Review Body report in March found that despite the department promising the continuation of the £750 grant into 2006/7 few, if any, GMP trainers had received the payment owed to them.

A spokesperson said the department had expected payments for GP trainers to be provided by the locally determined multi-professional education and training budget.

Because this did not materialise in many strategic health authorities, the department has now issued a service level agreement with the SHAs for 2007/8 that sets out national priorities for workforce development.'

The SLA states that SHAs must fund agreed national awards such as the GP trainers grant,' the spokesperson said.

GPC negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'There have been problems about the payment of this for the last year.

'We now understand that deaneries are in a position to pay this retrospectively for the last year – we expect all deaneries to pay out in the next month or so.'

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