Salaried GPs to see pay increase

The government has accepted all recommendations by the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body (DDRB), except for GMS GPs, including a 1 per cent rise in minimum pay for salaried GPs.

The DDRB recommended that in 2010/11, the minimum and the maximum of the salary range for salaried GPs should rise by 1 per cent.

The review body also recommended that PMS and APMS contracts are uplifted in line with the GMS award, but noted the BMA's concern that PCTs do not always do so.

Further recommendations include a 1 per cent increase for GP trainers' grants, and GP educators' pay scales will also all increase by 1 per cent.

GPs' seniority payments should remain at their current levels, the report recommends.

The supplement for GP registrars, used to attract junior doctors to the profession, will remain at 45 per cent, despite the number of applications to work in general practice falling by a third in 2009.

Registrars and specialists receive a 1 per cent rise. Foundation house officers and their equivalents will receive a 1.5 per cent pay award. The award has been backed in England, Wales and Scotland. Northern Ireland is considering it.

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