We need to reinstate seniority payments
From Dr George Kassianos, Bracknell, Berkshire
As we are all aware, partners are resigning and becoming salaried or locums or retiring altogether.
One important reason is the fact that earnings are similar (and sometimes even more) for salaried or locum GPs and without all the responsibilities of being a partner. The seniority allowance used to help partners have a financial distance from salaried and locum GPs. Its suspension and stage withdrawal has ironed out the financial differences of these positions, causing the resignations from partnerships.
If income is eroded, why stay in working so hard that you have no life?
If the Government wants to keep GPs in practice, it must immediately restore the seniority allowance.
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