Wales demands same extended hours pay as Scotland and England

A deal on extended hours in Wales could yet be derailed because of fears about pricing, warns GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey.

In his speech to the Welsh LMCs conference near Cardiff on Saturday, Dr Bailey praised the Welsh Assembly government for negotiating a deal that would provide ‘maximum flexibility for practices and patients and maximum safety for staff'.

But he warned: ‘We have yet to agree pricing. I have made it clear that any agreement must value the commitment of Welsh practices at the same level as England and Scotland'.

Dr Bailey said he would expect to see Welsh GPs paid at the same pro-rata rate as their English counterparts for extended hours work, and warned that he would not back any deal that widened the funding gap between English and Welsh practices.

The Assembly government has offered a more flexible deal on extended hours, and will invest £5 million in a basket of directed enhanced services (DESs).

That basket will include services for homeless people, asylum seekers, and problem drinkers, and may include services for patients with diabetes or COPD.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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