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gp-paySeptember 29 2014

The Department of Health has set out its arguments for restricting GP pay to the public sector pay award of 1%.

Pay rises are determined by the government in light of recommendations by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB). This takes into account evidence submitted by the DoH. The DoH’s written evidence to the DDRB for the 2015 pay review has now been published.

In its conclusion on the matter of payment for general medical practitioners’ services, the document says: “The Government recognises the key role General Medical Practitioners play in understanding, and planning for, the needs of their local populations. With the NHS facing unprecedented financial pressures against a backdrop of increasing demand, general practice will be central in managing those pressures.

“However, the Government needs to continue to secure affordability across the NHS. Budget 2013 announced that public sector pay awards in 2015-16 will be up to 1%. This follows two years of public sector pay freeze. Therefore, the Government would expect the recommendation for General Medical Practitioners will be taken in this context.”

It points out that “in response to GPs’ concerns about increasing bureaucracy and workload, the 2014-15 contract reduced the number of Quality and Outcomes Framework indicators by over a third” to help GPs to spend more time with their patients.

It also adds: “We recognise and agree with the DDRB’s concerns over the uplift formula as used in previous years, in the absence of a more robust solution. The Government would welcome views from the DDRB on how recommendations for the uplift could be improved from the current the formula-based approach.

“A key part of this will be to increase transparency over GP earnings in future years, to provide a richer and timelier source of information from which the DDRB can base their recommendations. The Government is working with NHS England and the BMA to agree how best to achieve this. However, the Government recognises that much of this information is not currently available to the DDRB in making their recommendation for 2015/16.”

Link:

NHS pay 2015: Department of Health evidence to pay review bodies

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