GPC urges PCOs to cover cost of maternity pay

Risk management of the potential cost of salaried GP maternity pay should fall on primary care organisations (PCOs) rather than practices, the GPC has said.

Dr McCarron-Nash: 'some female GPs are left out of pocket'
Dr McCarron-Nash: 'some female GPs are left out of pocket'

The comments follow the publication of a report by a DoH working group on women in medicine last week.

GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash said: ‘When the model contract for salaried GPs was introduced, the GPC argued for the risk management of maternity leave being at PCO level, as we felt this risk was too high to be held at practice level.'

Under the current statement of financial entitlements (SFE), PCO maternity leave payments are discretionary. The SFE says they should pay up to £978.91 a week for the first two weeks, and £1,500 a week thereafter - usually up to 26 weeks.

Dr McCarron-Nash added: ‘PCO reimbursement being discretionary means that some female GPs and practices are left significantly out of pocket.'

She added: ‘PMS GPs do not have to offer the model salaried contract so may offer statutory maternity pay only, which is wholly inferior to GMS salaried GPs allowance.'

The report, Women Doctors: Making a Difference, calls for urgent modelling of the impact of ‘greater female participation in general practice and the potential costs of maternity cover'. It adds: ‘Contractual changes should be considered based on this modelling.'

Dr McCarron-Nash said the GPC was keen to discuss a better maternity leave deal. ‘We would urge the DoH to consider this. A start would be for all maternity reimbursements to be mandatory.'

Read this week's GP dated 23 October for the full version of this story

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