LMCs threaten withdrawal from 'incompetent' DDRB review process

LMCs have hit out at 'incompetent' Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) advice on GP pay and ordered the GPC to consider withdrawing from the independent pay review process.

Dr Sonali Kinra: concern over GP pay publication (Photo: Pete Hill)
Dr Sonali Kinra: concern over GP pay publication (Photo: Pete Hill)

LMC leaders also backed calls for the GPC to verify the accuracy of GP pay information before any data is published by the government.

GPs at the 2014 conference on Thursday also criticised the DDRB for being too heavily influenced by the government and said it was unacceptable GPs faced a pay reduction.

GP pay rise just 0.28%

Earlier this year the DDRB advised ministers to increase GP funding by just 0.28% in 2014/15.

Dr Gill Beck, from Buckingham LMC said she was ‘stunned’ by the review board’s ‘apparent lack of knowledge of the perfect storm hitting general practice’.

‘In 2012 I earned the same as I got in 2003, and that’s before inflation,’ she told the conference.

Nottinghamshire LMC member Dr Sonali Kinra proposed a motion about plans to publish GP pay. She said GPs have been at the receiving end in the national press for many years due to people feeding inaccurate GP pay data to the ‘beasts of fleet street’.

Press causes GP concern

‘If we had a fair-minded and reasonable press this wouldn’t worry us,’ she said.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said the BMA had hired accountants to draw up GP pay data in line with information published for dentists and others.

‘Currently, the NHS information centre publishes GP average earning from all sources – anything you earn as a result of being a registered medical practitioner, unlike our consultant colleagues which is just their hospital pay,’ he said.

He said the GPC would not let the government publish GP pay data until the BMA had approved it.

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