GP recruitment not a 'major cause for concern' says pay review

GP recruitment and retention problems do not warrant a funding increase, according to the independent pay review body for doctors.

The Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) recommendation on pay and funding, which was accepted by ministers this morning, said it did not see ‘any major cause for concern with the current levels of recruitment or retention that would warrant a pay response’.

It came to this conclusion despite acknowledging a 'significant decrease in the job satisfaction score' for GPs.

The report, which asked government to give GPs a 0.28% funding uplift to deliver a 1% pay rise, said the body would welcome better evidence on recruitment problems in rural and remote areas.

The report said the number of GPs across the UK had increased 1% between 2011 and 2012.

The BMA, in its submission to the DDRB, said there was anecdotal evidence of recruitment problems across the UK, particularly in rural and remote areas.

On motivation and workload the DDRB noted the decrease in job satisfaction recorded by the National GP Workload Survey, which it said may be partly caused by government pay and pensions policy and NHS reforms.

It said there was insufficient data on GPs’ working hours for its report to ‘comment meaningfully on changes over time in the level of GMPs’ pay’.

Falling practice staff costs were cited by the pay review body in its recommendation. The DDRB said practice staffing costs fell by 1.4% between 2012 and 2013 after having increased 3.4% the previous year.

The Treasury accepted DDRB reccomendations to increase overall funding for practices by just 0.28%, which it said would give GPs a below inflation pay rise of 1%.

But GP leaders said the funding increase would not deliver the 1% pay rise.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'The bottom line is that it is nowhere near enough to deliver the 1% rise in GP income being recommended.

'The result will inevitably be a further pay cut to GPs who will feel their hard work and dedication has been completely undervalued and they will see this award as another kick in the teeth.'

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