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a welsh flag imageJanuary 29 2018

Exhaustion and inadequate pay rates have been cited as the main reasons GPs are not getting involved in out-of-hours services in Wales.

A BMA Wales survey has found:

  • 64.3% of GP respondents cited exhaustion as the main barrier for not providing the service;
  • 38.1% of respondents cited unattractive pay rates as a reason for not providing the service.

The survey also highlighted a change in taxation status that is having a negative effect. Health boards in Wales have been implementing HM Revenues & Customs guidance for doctors who work in OOH services.

“Health Boards now consider these doctors as being ‘employed’ for taxation purposes only and not for employment rights purposes. This means that GPs are not entitled to benefits such as annual leave, study leave, sick leave or maternity leave – creating a further barrier to out of hours working,” said the BMA.

It is arguing that to attract GPs to the OOH service, terms of service provision need to be tailored “to the needs of individual GPs – providing increased pay rates or a full or zero hours contract depending on the needs of the individual doctor.” It wants GPs who work out of hours to feel that they are a valued member of the workforce.

Dr Charlotte Jones, Chair of GPC Wales said: “The system as a whole is under a sustained amount of intense pressure, brought about by an increase in workload and inadequate resources due to years of underinvestment. This is a significant problem facing in-hours services but is particularly acute for out of hours services, meaning out of hours is viewed as an unattractive place for GPs – who despite everything continue to provide high quality services for their patients – to work.

“Changes to HMRC regulations and the way each Health Board is implementing the changes has led to GPs who do work out of hours feeling undervalued and not appreciated. If a person is considered employed for taxation purposes, then they should be considered employed for all purposes and should receive the same benefits as others who are employed such as paid annual leave and sick leave.”

Link:
BMA announcement    

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