Northern Ireland trainee GPs force U-turn over planned £7,000 pay cut

GP trainees in Northern Ireland have overturned a plan to cut their income by up to £7,000 a year, according to the BMA.

The Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) recently said trainee GPs in Northern Ireland would get less than half the supplement for their placements than those in the rest of the UK.

But the BMA urged trainee GPs to challenge this on the basis of discrimination, and the NIMDTA backed down.

The loss of income for a six-month placement would have been between £4,346 and £6,834, said a BMA spokeswoman.

GPC Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Dunn said: 'We are very pleased this has been resolved.

'A situation where trainees in different parts of the UK receive different pay and terms and conditions would not only have been unfair on individual trainees, it would also have had wider, negative implications for GP training and recruitment.'

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