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.
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