Review Body has no role in GP pay, says DoH

The Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body has no role in recommending pay under the new GMS contract, according to the DoH.

Hamish Meldrum
Hamish Meldrum

The stance directly contradicts the GPC view that the Review Body should recommend a pay rise for 2007/8 after negotiations with NHS Employers stalled.

Contract negotiations have not been officially terminated, but are at a standstill because the two sides are deeply divided.

Last month GP leaders insisted on an above-inflation pay rise of around 4 per cent, but NHS Employers negotiators acting for the DoH pushed for 2.5 per cent or less. GP leaders said even this was in return for additional work.

The GPC is prepared to continue negotiations, but submitted evidence to the Review Body last month as a negotiated settlement became increasingly unlikely. It called for a 4 per cent rise to all elements of the GMS contract, including the quality framework.

However, a DoH spokesman told GP newspaper: ‘The Review Body’s role is about GP pay and does not have a role on the new contract, which is about services being delivered by practices.’

GP leaders say the GMS contract does not rule out using the Review Body to recommend pay. GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said there had ‘never been any suggestion’ that the Review Body was not able to make recommendations on new GMS pay. More on this story in GP newspaper.

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