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Hunt asks pay review body to specifically consider salaried GP recruitment

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked the independent pay review body to specifically consider salaried GP recruitment when making recommendations for a pay uplift for 2017/18.

In a letter to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) chair Professor Paul Curran, Mr Hunt said he would welcome the body's recommendations with regards to recruiting, retaining and motivating the growing cohort of salaried GPs.

Mr Hunt said: 'The Review Body’s last report noted that there has been an expansion of the salaried model in general practice and that understanding this trend would be important.

'The Government would welcome the Review Body’s observations, based on any evidence the parties could provide, about the factors affecting recruitment, retention and motivation of this group.'

Mr Hunt also reiterated the instruction from recent years to consider any uplift within the Government's 'pay restraint' policy for the public sector.

He said: 'The Government has made it clear that pay restraint in the public sector continues to be a crucial part of its plans for the continued prudent management of public finances to help support long term planning and to help protect jobs.

'I appreciate that this continues to present challenges, but your expertise, impartial and independent judgement is vital as employers and staff respond to the unprecedented challenges facing the NHS.'

The news comes as Pulse has revealed that growing numbers of GPs would consider going salaried, with over half now saying they would if offered the right deal, but also that this trend relates to pressures of partnership amid falling resourcers.

In last year’s submission to the DDRB, the DH said that there was no guarantee practices would use an uplift to support recruitment and retention because GP practices are independent businesses.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Crown indemnity, £250k plus p.a. for whole time equivalent, control of amount of work each day a la secondary care, stop dropping tonnes of horse s*&t on us every day and you might just find new Drs may want to do the job and all the rubbish it entails.

    Anyone who moans about GP greed, go to medical school come back to the website in 10 years time and then once you've done the job that no-one wants you will begin to understand the reasons for the misery.

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  • @ above good luck getting a penny out of this guy!! let alone 250k plus full indemnity!!!

    Though i agree, t&c's like this would solve a recruitment crisis in less than a day.

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  • Ditch the contract comrades.
    ditch the country comrades
    ditch the RCGP comrades

    you've got more of a chance winning the lottery then getting an appropriate pay rise.

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  • The plan is to make salaried servitude more attractive than being a partner . This situation will pertain until the partnership model collapses then we'll all be in the shit.

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  • You will need 25% more doctors to cover sick leave and overtime .

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  • "OOh grandmother what big salaries you've got on offer". -"All the better to privatise you ,my dear." from little blue ridinghood

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  • I'm earning £16000 a month as a locum. If you can match that people might consider it. Oh what's that JH you simply meant the ddrb should reduce pay?

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  • The only information that the DDRB need is that a salaried GP is paid 20% less than than a salaried dentist (HSCIC's own figures) despite training for longer and working longer hours in a far more responsible and stressful role with much less support.

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  • Agree with locum GP 10:40am

    However by my calculations you would be needing to work 5 days a week (10 sessions) at £738.46 per day 52 weeks a year to maintain that income.

    Good luck!

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  • Its still a lot more money than you make.

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