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Global sum will increase ‘by tuppence’

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GP pay will rise ‘by tuppence per patient’ under the new five-year GP contract, NHS England has announced.

Tuppence, or half a groat, which is a bit less than a tanner but still more than a thrupenny bit, will be given to GPs as part of the 2019/20 global sum.

‘Whichever way you look at it,’ GP Committee chair Richard Vautrey said, ‘the funding boost should be enough to buy some bread, margarine and a mug of milky tea.’

The funding boost should be enough to buy some bread, margarine and a mug of milky tea

It’s hoped that the extra investment will enable GPs to plan for the future and help instil a sense of confidence in the profession.

‘When we say confidence,’ Dr Vautrey added, ‘we mean the kind of confidence that a man sitting cross-legged in a train station doorway has when he starts his morning off with a poorly-tuned ukulele in one hand and an empty hat in the other.’

Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Australia who previously practised in Glasgow and Aberdeen

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  • ‘When we say confidence’ Dr Vautrey added, ‘we mean the kind of confidence a man has when he knows his knighthood is in the post’.

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  • It is true. We doctors are reduced to 20 p for this, 50 p for that, 90 p for the other, Contract. 20 p is 10 after tax and the whole thing becomes a negative after expenses.
    So, average profit per patient in NI has fallen from 80 to 60 pounds between 2004 and 2017.
    Cnsultations rates have doubled in that time.
    But, we still have more GP training places than ever. If I were DOH, why would I pay any more, since my job is to look after public money and the more I can get for less, the better?

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