Negotiations start on GP pay for 2008/9

The GPC will submit evidence to the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body this month to demand a pay rise for 2008/9.

Negotiations have also begun with NHS Employers over potential changes to the contract, the GPC has revealed.

Despite disagreements between the DoH, NHS Employers and the GPC over whether the Review Body had a role to play in setting pay under the new GMS contract, the GPC is now confident that all parties recognise its authority.

The DoH said in November 2006 that the Review Body ‘has no role on the new GMS contract’.

The GPC submitted evidence calling for a GMS pay rise for 2007/8, but the Review Body agreed with DoH evidence calling for a repeat of the 2006/7 pay freeze.

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