GPs reject unpaid work following 0% pay award

GP leaders are urging practices to ditch unpaid and poorly paid work and consider pulling out of DoH programmes such as Choose and Book in response to the nil uplift to core pay announced by the DoH last week.

Industrial action has not been ruled out, although many GPs feel this is not an acceptable course given the potential impact on patients.

However, senior GPs believe it is vital the profession takes concerted action to protest at the pay decision. After DDRB pay recommendations were accepted in full by the DoH, core GMS pay will be frozen for 2007/8 and other elements of GP pay will receive below inflation rises (see box).

The freeze is likely to extend to PMS contract uplifts, which take GMS settlements as a benchmark.

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said it was a 'black day for general practice’ and warned GPs would quit the NHS.

GPC negotiator Dr Andrew Dearden said: ‘We need to take a tougher stance against the government, and it’s not just negotiators who need to do that.’

Dr Dearden said practices could be forced to consider reducing appointments or closing branch surgeries.

GP PAY REVIEW 2007

GMS

  • 0% uplift oon all elements of the contract.

GP registrars

  • Supplement cut from 65% to 55%; £650 cash increase to basic pay.

GP trainers and educators

  • Staged 2% uplift - 1.5% from April 2007 and 0.5% from November.

GPs employed to PCOs

  • £1,000 uplift to top and bottom of all pay grades.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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