GP Partners See Pay Slump

GP partners experienced an average pay slump of 4% in the first six months of the financial year, new figures indicate.

This is despite the fact that the global sum had been increased during this period.

A survey of hundreds of partners located throughout the healthcare system discovered that nearly half had experience pay decreases between April and October, with only 8% enjoying a pay rise in the same period.

Perhaps most alarmingly, nearly 10% of those survey indicated that their pay had receded by over 10% since last April.

The authorities have declined to release official figures on the matter, but this cross-section of healthcare professionals indicates that the situation with pay is far from ideal.

NHS Digital has released figures relating to GP pay, but these are always 12 months out of date, and also fail to account for hours worked and private practice.

GPs have previously been promised a 1% pay increase, as part of a 3.2% funding lift.

This was intended to meet the rising expenses that practices are faced with, with CQC and indemnity fees, national insurance, employer superannuation increases and running expenses all heading upwards.

The news about pay can also be placed in the context of the recent announcement that the Government will reduce the amount of spending in the NHS per head over the next 12 months.

It had been claimed at the time of the uplift that the new situation would lead to the first pay increase in many years.

But many doctors have evidently found that the increase has been insufficient to even meet costs, let alone deliver a pay rise.

Other funding cuts, including PMS and MPIG, have also lead to a negative outlook for many surgeries and healthcare professionals.

In response to the data, leaders of authoritative GP organisations suggested that the conditions for doctors are becoming increasingly unsafe.

The General Practitioners Committee called on the government to make a significant and sustained investment in general practice, to head off what the organisation believes to be nothing short of a crisis.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the GPC, outlined the position of the organisation.

“The Government has to recognise that we cannot continue to stagger on with a workforce that is working beyond safe limits and is shrinking as more GPs opt to leave medicine. We need politicians to act on their promises and deliver a period of sustained, long term investment in general practice that allows patients to receive safe, quality care. The BMA has called for safe working limits for all GPs as part of its Urgent Prescription for General Practice and has put forward proposals to NHS England to enable this.”


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