LMCs condemn registrar pay cut

LMCs have condemned the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body over its decision to recommend cutting GP registrars’ pay.

Buckinghamshire LMC member Dr Gill Beck said that registrars had been left around £5,200 worse off in 2007/8 than the year before because of the combined effects of cuts to the registrar's supplement and increased contributions to the cost of training.

'As a GP principal I face a 5 per cent cut in pay because of the pay freeze, but GP registrars face a far greater cut as a proportion of their total income.'

She warned the move would cut recruitment and interest in general practice among young doctors.

GP registrars committee chairman Dr Andrew Thompson said: 'What a nightmare registrars have had to go through - they have just got over MTAS and now they are being hit by a pay cut.'

A motion condemning the pay cut was carried unanimously.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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