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What about seniority pay for part-timers?

What is the position of part-time GPs with regard to seniority in the new contract?

Part-time and full-time work contribute equally to 'reckonable service' calculations.

The full rate of seniority payments is payable in respect of a part-time doctor who has a 'superannuable income fraction' of more than two-thirds.

Sixty per cent is payable for a fraction of between one- and

two-thirds and none is payable

for a fraction of less than a third.

Unfortunately in order to calculate this 'superannuable income fraction' it is necessary to calculate the 'average adjusted superannuable income' and this is still subject to negotiation!

It is also difficult to know exactly how superannuable income will be shared out within any particular practice under the new contract arrangements.

A number of accountants and lawyers foresee the potential for future difficulties here.

In the current climate of uncertainty and change it is essential you ensure your partnership agreement and financial arrangements are adequate for the purpose.

Specialist legal and financial advice at this time may help guard against unnecessary problems in the future.

Dr Christine Dewbury, Wessex LMCs

Neither Pulse nor Wessex LMCs can accept any legal liability in respect of the answers given. Readers should seek independent advice before acting on the information concerned.

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