Review Body recommendations may not cover GMS pay

The Review Body will make recommendations on GP pay at the end of February, but it has refused to reveal whether its report will cover GMS pay.

GPC chairman Hamish Meldrum
GPC chairman Hamish Meldrum
The DoH insists that the Review Body’s role in setting GMS pay ceased when the new contract took effect, but GP leaders maintain that it remains a fallback option.

However, a Review Body spokesman said: ‘When the new contract was agreed… the parties jointly told the Review Body that it did not need to make recommendations for 2003/4, 2004/5 and 2005/6. They were silent as to what happened after that.’

The spokesman said the decision on whether to make recommendations on GMS pay would be based on its terms of reference and written evidence. The Review Body’s remit is described in its terms of reference as ‘to make recommendations… on the remuneration of doctors… taking any part in the NHS’.

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum, said: ‘There was never any decision that the Review Body would not be an option in future. We are GPs providing NHS services, and the terms of reference still stand.’

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