Industrial Action Latest: Docking pay of GPs who take pensions industrial action a 'struggle'

Primary care organisations (PCOs) will struggle to dock the pay of GPs who take industrial action on pensions on 21 June, according to the GPC.

Dr David Bailey: 'There are no tasks that will not get done.’
Dr David Bailey: 'There are no tasks that will not get done.’

According to the Daily Mail, nine out of 50 PCTs said that they would not cut GPs' pay as a result of industrial action on 21 June ‘largely because of the difficulty of doing so.’

The Daily Mail said: ‘Thousands of family doctors will be paid despite striking on Thursday. Health trusts have decided not to dock salaries even though the GPs will refuse to treat almost all their patients.’

However BMA pensions committee deputy chairman and GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey said that GPs should be paid for 21 June because all the work postponed would get done by GPs at a later date.

‘On the day GPs will be doing all the work they need to do to deliver their contract to their patients. GPs do not have a time-limited contract; it’s a task-limited contract,’ Dr Bailey said.

‘It’s absolutely absurd to say that somehow we are withholding labour when there are no tasks that will not get done.’

Dr Bailey said that hospitals in Wales had said they would reschedule all delayed services within 12 weeks.

‘GPs will get the work done a lot sooner than that.’

Dr Bailey said that in practice it would be very difficult to dock GP pay following the action because all of their contracted work would get done at a later date.

‘Lets see if that happens after all; I’d be very surprised if it did. There’s no contractual basis for doing it.’

Dr Bailey said the only payment PCTs would really be able to withhold would be for extended  hours - if a GP chose not to provide extended hours on Thursday and then decided not to do them on another day.

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