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GP nurses urged to push practices for 6% pay rise

GP nurses urged to push practices for 6% pay rise

The Royal College of Nursing has urged GP nurses to ensure they get the 6% pay rise announced by the Government earlier this month.

RCN, which is both a union and a professional body, said is ‘clear that salaried GP nursing staff should receive a pay rise of 6%’ in line with the full value of the pay uplift.

It said that the uplift ‘should be implemented as soon as possible’ and backdated to April 2023.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced earlier this month that NHS consultants, SAS doctors, salaried dentists and salaried GPs and staff would be covered by the pay offer, while junior doctors were offered a 6% pay rise plus £1,250.

GP partners were excluded, but the following day the Government announced that practices will get a funding uplift to cover the 6% pay rise for salaried GPs and other practice staff.

The uplift will be backdated to April and the Government said it expects the funding to be ‘passed on promptly to all general practice staff’.

However, how this translates to an increase of the global sum is currently subject to negotiation between the Department of Health and Social Care and GPCE, Pulse has been told.

The nurses’ union has created a letter template for practice nursing staff who have not had confirmation from their employer about the pay increase, to enable them to ‘seek clarification and receive their pay rise’.

RCN England Director Patricia Marquis said: ‘This pay award is recognition of your daily commitment to patients and the NHS.

‘We’re determined to ensure you receive your pay award promptly and in full and will support you to secure this if your employer does not guarantee it.

‘The fight for fair pay for nursing across all NHS and non-NHS settings continues. We have set our ambitions high and will be stepping up our campaign for the pay you deserve.’

Dr Steve Taylor, a GP in Manchester and GP spokesperson for the Doctors’ Association UK, told Pulse: ‘GP practices will be looking to pay their staff appropriately. The money to fund 6% pay increase has yet to be given to practices.

‘Given that the RCN know the government have been poor in their dealings with the NHS, it is disappointing that they have decided to put pressure on practices.

‘GP partners have not been included in the pay increase and will be taking another loss in income, as add ons like NI and pension are not included.

‘They remain restricted by a punitive contract with limited funding and increasing costs. A joint approach to Government would have been better, to force appropriate funding for all those working in Primary Care, and to safeguard the future of practices.’

When the offer was announced, the BMA said it was ‘another real-terms pay cut’ and warned that strikes would ‘likely’ continue, and that ‘other groups’ of doctors would also consider action.

The Government has said funding for the pay rises will need to come from existing NHS funding with DHSC and NHS England having to ‘reprioritise’.


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Darren Tymens 25 July, 2023 4:06 pm

Er, why exactly are they beating *us* up about this?
I’m pretty sure that if and when the funding arrives all practices will pass it on in full and appropriately backdated (and any exceptions will be few and egregious).
Could it be that they are aggressively and publicly pursuing GPs in order to be able claim some credit, and to distract from the fact that they have taken their profession to costly industrial action only to achieve 1% less than the rest of the public sector were offered?
Bad show, RCN.

Vikas Kaura 25 July, 2023 8:21 pm

Happy to pass on any pay increase IF reimbursed by NHSE but only if.
Remember the additional employers NI contribution and employee pension please! btw that‘s about an additional 2%. Hey let’s all go salaried instead and be like hospitals where deficits go down a black hole.
I get it, the government don’t trust GP partners. Hence PCNs etc. please put us all out of our misery 🙂

Turn out The Lights 27 July, 2023 9:19 am

6% is still a pay cut Im afraid.

Anonymous 27 July, 2023 7:35 pm

Dave Haddock and his hate speech yet again!!!

Dave Haddock 28 July, 2023 3:59 pm

“Tory scum”, see elsewhere in comments, is hate speech.
Pointing out that may practice nurses are very generously remunerated is not.