GPC wins £7,000 victory for trainee GPs

The GPC has managed to prevent trainee GPs being moved onto a hospital pay scale.

Trainee GPs faced losing up to £7,000 for a six month training post as primary care organisations attempted to keep ST1 or ST2 doctors on non-community rates.

PCOs in Scotland and South West England had attempted to make the changes and PCOs in North West England had been considering it, said GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman.

The GPC had prevented ‘a significant pay cut’ for trainee GPs, said Dr Buckman.

‘The health service has recognised that when doctors go out into the field they should be properly remunerated,’ he said.

 The GPC has also agreed to work with the government and GMC to develop practice accreditation. The GPC originally opposed the policy but would be represented on the advisory board ‘to ensure GPs are present and get involved in the changes,’ said Dr Buckman.

Accrediting practices could help protect them from the introduction of competition, said Dr Buckman.

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