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'This uplift will not make up for years of under-funding'

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul gives his reaction to the 1.16% funding award for GP practices

Following several years of effective pay cuts, including last year’s disastrous decision to award GPs an increase of just 0.28%, there is, at least, an acknowledgment of the expanding role played by GPs and the increased workload facing the profession has been recognised.  

However, it will not reverse the impact of successive years of under resourcing and pay cut. At a time when GPs have delivered substantial efficiency savings to the NHS in addition to actual cuts in their take home pay, it is unlikely that the uplift of 1.16% will cover the unavoidable expenses that practices face or make up for years in under funding.

It is not clear why the Department of Health DDRB has persisted in using a formula to calculate the uplift for GPs when in their own evidence they agreed withwhich the DDRB that it in its own report it concedes is not fit for purpose.

Today’s announcement also goes no way towards fixing the wider issues facing GPs such as how they cope with rising patient demand, staff shortages and inadequate premises.

GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul

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Readers' comments (11)

  • please then ..lead us to mass signed resignations before these *astards destroy the nhs.
    i demand you start a national ballot on resignations.

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  • Una Coales tried to do this...

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  • I demand a ballot too, nothing else is working...

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  • Chaand you have a duty to us as GPs and to patients. Clearly NHS GP is broken.

    You should be speaking to medical insurance companies concerning developing a national private health insurance, working out premiums and processes.

    Then carry out a ballot of GPs on mass resignation for the NHS and a move to the new system

    The NHS can always contribute a co-payment if HMG and DOH wish this

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  • Please look very carefully at mass resignation GP' s We can't continue like this We all overworked and stressed out and can take no more This last pathetic rise in pay should be the straw thar breaks camels back as just proves how poorly we regarded by those in power
    The likes of those in 'high places' who purport to represent us are totally out of touch or have own agendas and couldn't care about those GP's at coal face day in day out trying to keep system going
    DO SOMETHING before too late

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  • GPs are too timid, they cannot say no even to a goose, talk of industrial action, strike, it will never happen. We are victims of our own doings and behaviour.
    It is clear from day to day, the way GPs get bashed and spoken to by patients, they would dare not speak like that to a hospital specialist.
    A mass industrial action even for one session will show how much GPs work.

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  • Unfortunately doctors do not seem to strike but intead they LEAVE.

    They leave quietly, but they do leave and that is a problem for the country as you can persuade a striking doctor to give the Government one more chance........ but when they're gone, they are gone !

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  • GPs seeing 40+ patients a day are having to close, that is how poor pay per consultation is. Meanwhile, management consultants are being paid 2 to 3000 pounds a day.
    If we do not value ourselves, the DOH will have us working for next to nothing and unfortunately for us, the GPC cannot see that we are being stomped into the ground.
    They cannot function without doctors. Pull the plug and see.

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  • I went to a locality meeting today and was completely taken aback at how timid and nice all the young GPs are

    They are all enjoying federating, planning, discussing, delivering, care homes, ethnic minorities, being 'champions', listening to the sound of their own passive voices...

    All the usual drivel

    With this lot around no one will strike, trust me

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