In a letter published on Wednesday, Mr Hunt asked the DDRB for its observations on the factors affecting ‘recruitment, retention and motivation’ of salaried GPs.
‘The review body’s last report noted that there has been an expansion of the salaried model in general practice and that understanding this trend would be Important,' said Mr Hunt.
The newly re-appointed health secretary told the independent body, which makes annual recommendations to government on doctors’ pay based on submissions from all interested parties, that he was ‘confirming’ the government’s approach for 2017/18.
Mr Hunt said ‘pay restraint in the public sector’ would continue to be a crucial part of the new government’s plans to help support long-term planning and to protect jobs.
Last month, shortly before he was moved to the Department for International Trade by incoming PM Theresa May, former chief secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands told the DDRB the government remained committed to its policy of an average award cap of 1%. The DDRB has also, again been asked to consider targeted pay awards to address recruitment and retention issues.
Mr Hunt told the DDRB that the DH would provide it with better measures to assess recruitment and retention issues and to consider whether there was a case for targeting pay awards.
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