Will no one look after salaried GPs?
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While the new contract paved the way for a big salary rise for GP principals, salaried GPs are doing the same hard work, particularly so in inner-city, PCT-run practices, for much less.
They contribute to the QOF points and cover unexpected emergencies until the out-of-hours service takes over.
Unfortunately the Department of Health and PCTs seem to turn a blind eye to the welfare of salaried doctors. Now we hear that private contractors will come and take over these practices (News, 26 January). Where does that leave salaried doctors?
There is no strong body to represent these doctors, many of whom are highly qualified. The last thing that should happen to them is being taken over by private contractors and used again as pair of hands.