BMA argues third pay freeze is 'illegal'

The recommendations of the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) report, which would give the majority of GP practices no income rise for the third year running, may be illegal according to the BMA.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum wrote to health secretary Alan Johnson last week to express the BMA's ‘serious concerns that [the report] is not legally deliverable under current regulations'.

Members of the GPC would not be drawn on the grounds for the challenge.

But GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman noted that the correction factors which the DDRB erodes had been promised ‘in perpetuity'.

The contract represented ‘a legally-binding framework, which cannot retrospectively be altered', he said.

DoH lawyers are considering their response.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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