Young GPs hit by pay review

The recent pay review has made general practice an unattractive profession for young doctors, says the BMA.

GP registrars across the UK will have their training supplement cut from 55 per cent to 50 per cent and it could fall to 40 per cent next year, under recommendations from the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB). This means GP registrars will lose up to £576 a year from their supplements.

At the same time junior doctors have lost free accommodation on hospital premises.

GP trainers' will be given a below-inflation 2.2 per cent grant rise, although they are guaranteed a £750 continuing professional development payment each year.

Dr Alex Smallwood, of the BMA's GP registrars sub-committee, said junior doctors were 'furious'.

'This will be disastrous for training, recruitment and retention. Young GPs will seriously start to think about not only moving around the NHS, but another place altogether.'

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'We run the risk of going back to pre-contract days when there were problems with recruitment.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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