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GP pay rise of 0.28% is a “kick in the teeth,” says BMA

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2146 (Published 14 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2146
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The government has rejected a recommended pay award of 1% for all NHS staff in England for 2014-15,1 saying that only those staff who were not entitled to an incremental pay rise related to length of service would get the rise. However, about 400 very senior managers in the NHS will get nothing.

The BMA has described the decision—which effectively gives GPs a rise of 0.28% because of a fall in staff costs of 1.4%—as a “kick in the teeth.”

Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee, said, “It beggars belief to suggest that an 0.28% uplift in the GP contract will translate into a 1% increase in GP pay at a time when expenses are projected to continue to accelerate. This decision fails to recognise the expanding role and workload in general practice that shows no signs of abating.

“It will inevitably result in …

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