Pay freeze for GPs24th June 2010
Family doctors are heading for their third pay freeze in a row following the government’s spending cuts announcement.
GPs will not get a pay rise following a two-year pay freeze for all public sector staff earning more than £21,000.
While the government has yet to confirm if the decision applies to GPs as independent contractors, family doctors are preparing for the setback with previous public sector pay freezes affecting them.
NHS Confederation acting chief executive Nigel Edwards said: ‘All NHS trusts are aware of the collective £15-20bn of efficiency savings that are required over the next five years.
“The pay freeze for public sector workers will play its part in achieving this, but VAT increases mean a simultaneous rise in the cost of goods and equipment.
“Although the NHS budget has been largely protected, it is likely that over the next five years cuts to other areas, such as local authorities, may impact on health expenditure.
“So although health spending will continue to rise year on year, all NHS trusts will find they are challenged to do more for the money they have.”
The decision will effectively see GPs have their pay frozen for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
It also casts doubt on the role of the Doctors and Dentists’ Review Body, whose recommendations on this year’s pay award were ignored by the Government due to demands from the Treasury.
The Department of Health said everyone in the public sector will need to play their part in helping reduce the deficit and that included GPs.
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Title: Pay freeze for GPs
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15266
Date Added: 24th Jun 2010