Exclusive: Split revealed between salaried GPs and partners

Most salaried doctors believe a damaging split has opened up between them and GP partners, a GP newspaper survey reveals.

Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)
Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)

The survey found that nearly 78% of salaried doctors believe there is now ‘a clear split' in the profession, and that the LMCs conference last month was wrong to reject a motion deploring it. Just 50% of partners feel the same.

One salaried doctor told GP newspaper: ‘Greedy employers like mine will end up seeing general practice in the hands of business.' Another said: ‘One group is there to exploit the other to selfishly maintain their own income.'

But some partners suggested that the real problem lies with salaried doctors' expectations.

‘Salaried doctors seem to have an unrealistic idea of what partnership involves,' argued one. ‘Faced with the extra management workload many would crumble or run a mile.'

‘Salaried GPs seem to be constantly demanding better conditions to the detriment of the service provided to patients,' added another.

Support for moves to boost partnership opportunities is much stronger among salaried doctors than among principals.

Nearly 70% of salaried doctors think the GPC should orchestrate a national campaign to increase partnership opportunities. Just 41% of partners agree. A total of 246 GPs took part in the survey.

Both groups want the GPC to negotiate contractual incentives to boost partnerships, but a gap in support remains. Some 75% of salaried doctors want this, compared with just 63% of partners.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman pledged to make extra efforts to resolve the split. He added that the DoH was looking at incentives, which he hoped would be used to boost partnerships.


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