Pay cuts prompt viability concern

Scottish LMCs quizzed GPC negotiators following a claim by accountants that the 2008/9 correction factor cuts were due to GMS contract wording.

LMCs voted unanimously at their annual meeting in Clydebank last week that the profession was 'extremely concerned about the future viability of general practice in light of collapsing pay levels'.

They also said the uncertainty of future remuneration would have a bad effect on recruitment and retention.

An email from accountants from the Tenon Group was sent to GPs saying that the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body had taken a 'very hard line interpretation' of paragraph 1.6 of the 2006/7 contract revisions in its report (GP, 25 April).

The GPC has questioned the legality of the DDRB report.

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