The suggestion that partners will be 'forced' to cut staffing levels to maintain their profits was backed by Dr David Jenner, of the NHS Alliance. He also predicted cuts in services if profits are not maintained.
When will the partners realise that the huge pay rise they received with the GMS contract is not sustainable and it is only right that partners' pay should drop to a level equitable with other senior doctors?
When profits fall, GP partners should be taking a pay cut themselves and not cutting staff or services. It is unethical for public sector workers to continue to take huge profits as a salary while reducing patient services.
Only when partners realise that the fat cat years are over will there be an end to the pay differential between salaried GPs and partners which has created a two-tier system of GPs within a practice and caused low morale among salaried GPs.
Salaried GP, name and address withheld, Surrey.