GPC 'bitterly disappointed' over 1.32% pay rise

GP leaders have hit out at the government's decision to award a GMS pay uplift of just 1.32% for 2013/14, warning it will leave the profession fed up and demotivated.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman
GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman

The independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) recommended a 2.29% overall uplift to GMS funding, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the government would cut this to 1.32%.

The DDRB recommendation was intended to cover increases in practice expenses and staff pay and deliver a 1% net increase to GP pay in line with other doctors.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'We are bitterly disappointed that the government is interfering with the recommendations of the independent review body.  The government is essentially telling GPs that their staff should earn less than what the DDRB has indicated, or that GPs should take another real terms pay cut.

'GPs will be fed up that they are again being treated unfairly, particularly when they are also facing the imposition of unwelcome contract changes and having to deal with the consequences of the Health and Social Care Act in England. GPs may feel less motivated to work with the government in the future at a time when they are needed most.'

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