GPC says pay freeze 'not inevitable'

The GPC has assured GPs there is still a good chance of a pay award in 2008/9.

Dr Richard Vautrey
Dr Richard Vautrey

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘We should not assume that what the DoH says will form the outcome of this process. It doesn’t mean that it is the end of the story.’

This month the DoH called on the Review Body to freeze GP pay for the third successive year.

The BMA has prepared and submitted its supplementary evidence to the Pay Review Body, although no details have been released.

Dr Vautrey described it as ‘robust evidence that counters many arguments’ in the DoH’s evidence.

He added that ‘a number of very alarmed GPs’ and ‘doom-mongers’ believed a pay freeze was inevitable. 

The BMA called for a rise of between 3.6 and 4.3 per cent for all doctors for 2008/9 in the first round of evidence.

NHS Employers recommended a pay award of no more than 2 per cent, but was also unspecific about GPs.

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