GPC warns pay freeze would hit morale

The GPC has warned of a 'very real risk of a return to the disastrous pre-contract morale problems' if GP pay was frozen for the third year running.

It has also hit out at the DoH for its attacks on GPs and warned that further squeezes on practice income and registrar pay could result in a GP shortage.

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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