Responding to the DoH’s evidence to the DDRB demanding any GMS uplift is linked to service quality improvement, Dr Buckman said: ‘GPs are achieving almost maximum scores on the government’s own quality measures.
‘One minute we are being blamed for over-achieving, now they are trying to deny us a cost of living rise. This is an insult to the work that GPs do for their patients.’
The BMA’s evidence to the Review Body calls for a headline rise of between 3.6 and 4.3 per cent for doctors but offers no specific GP figures. It anticipates that GP profits barely increased in 2006/7 and would decrease in 2007/8.
The evidence also points out that average GP consultation length increased from 8.4 minutes in 1992/93 to 11.7 minutes in 2006/7.
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