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Trainers to meet cost of registrars

The contribution GP registrars and foundation scheme train-ees make to practices will be taken into account when calculating GP trainers' pay, the Department of Health has confirmed.

An overhaul of funding will also see pay for GP training become practice-based rather than going to individual doctors, writes Helen Crump.

Training practices will be encouraged to train other health professionals, such as nurses and pharmacists.

The plans were outlined in the department's submission to the pay Review Body. It proposed that trainee GPs be divided into two bands, GP registrars in their first year and all foundation doctors, with remuneration for practices decided accordingly.

Full details of how much practices will receive, or how much they could lose, will be based on research commissioned by the department into the 'service contribution' of doctors in training, as previously revealed by Pulse.

GPs said it 'would be the end of training' if they were forced to pay for registrars or any other trainees.

Dr Purshotam Dass Gupta, a GP trainer in Dudley, West Midlands, said: 'A GP registrar's contribution to services is minimal. Everything is supervised.'

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC negotiator, said the Government's research was flawed because it was carried out in July, when registrars would be most productive. The BMA is to carry out its own study in an effort to counter the results.

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