Letters: The GMS contract has been ripped apart

Do GPs need the new GMS contract? It seems that it has been ripped apart slowly but surely and it is becoming difficult to recognise if any of its important original characteristics remain.

Here are some of the examples. Pension contributions have been increased to 7.5 and 8.5 per cent and linked to inflation.

After an initial pay rise, there has been no increase for three years and a drop in income of approximately 10-15 per cent.

The most recent pay rise is going to be counted as a victory by GPC negotiators given the current economic climate, but they did not do anything to boost our income when the economy was doing well.

The DoH has also come up with a complicated formula to pay GPs. I wonder if they themselves understand it.

DESs and LESs are worse than items of service in the old GMS contract because payment is linked to minimum targets and these levels are being raised on a regular basis.

Dr Virender Bassi, Cheshire.

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