However, a Review Body spokesman said: ‘When the new contract was agreed… the parties jointly told the Review Body that it did not need to make recommendations for 2003/4, 2004/5 and 2005/6. They were silent as to what happened after that.’
The spokesman said the decision on whether to make recommendations on GMS pay would be based on its terms of reference and written evidence. The Review Body’s remit is described in its terms of reference as ‘to make recommendations… on the remuneration of doctors… taking any part in the NHS’.
GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, said: ‘There was never any decision that the Review Body would not be an option in future. We are GPs providing NHS services, and the terms of reference still stand.’