Reaction to 1.25% Scottish pay award: GPC 'bitterly disappointed'

GPC Scotland has hit out at the Scottish government for awarding the lowest GMS pay settlement in the UK despite claiming to support and value GPs.

Dr Alan McDevitt: 1.25% pay increase 'bitterly disappointing'
Dr Alan McDevitt: 1.25% pay increase 'bitterly disappointing'

Scottish health secretary Alex Neil today awarded a 1.25% uplift for GMS practices, far short of the 2.29% rise recommended earlier this year by the independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB), and lower than rises in other UK countries.

GPC Scotland chairman Dr Alan McDevitt said: 'I am bitterly disappointed with today’s news that the Scottish government has decided, despite its stated support for general practice, not to accept independent review body recommendations and uplift GP income only by 1.25%.

'This is the lowest uplift for GPs anywhere in the UK and will further widen the pay gap between GPs in Scotland and those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

'Today’s announcement is not, as the cabinet secretary implies in his statement, an agreement with the profession but an imposition that has not been negotiated by us.

'The DDRB has stated that an uplift of 2.29% would be necessary provide the recommended increase of 1% to GP pay and to cover the increased expenses of running a GP practice. This is not the offer that is being presented to GPs today.

'Just six months ago, the government was championing a Scottish approach to contract negotiations. The cabinet secretary claimed he supported and valued GPs and made a commitment to invest in general practice, recognising the rising pressures and challenges on primary care.

'Today, he is sending a different message by not accepting the DDRB recommendation in full. If politicians truly value general practice, they must invest in it.'

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