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14-03-2013 | General practice | Article

BMA deplores GP pay decision



medwireNews: The BMA has criticised the Government's decision to increase funding for GMS contracts by 1.32% after it rejected the advice of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists Remuneration (DDRB).

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a written ministerial statement yesterday saying that the Government accepted the DDRB's recommendations for a 1% increase in GP salary but would "abate the recommended allowance for GP practice staff costs from 3.4% to 1.0% to reflect public sector pay policy".

This will reduce the overall gross uplift from the recommended 2.29% to 1.32%, below that of the original 1.5% uplift proposed by the Government in October 2012 and well below the rate of inflation.

"We are bitterly disappointed that the Government is interfering with the recommendations of the Review Body," said Dr Laurence Buckman, Chair of the BMA GPC, in a press release.

"The Government is essentially telling GPs that their staff should earn less than what the DDRB has indicated, or that GPs should take another real terms pay cut."

BMA council Chair Dr Mark Porter added: "As the Review Body has noted, doctors have made a significant contribution to the performance of the NHS during a time of huge financial pressure.

"The net increase of 1%, which is below inflation, will be very disappointing to doctors - especially after real terms pay cuts for many years - and will do little to improve morale."

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By Lynda Williams, Senior medwireNews Reporter