Hospital doctors will get below inflation pay increase, while GPs get nothing

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:492
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    British GPs will not receive a pay rise this year. The decision, recommended by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body and accepted by the UK government, prompted a furious response from the British Medical Association.

    Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA's General Practitioners Committee, said: “This is a black day for general practice. A zero increase equates to a pay cut. A pension cap has already been announced. It would not surprise me if many GPs feel they should cut their losses and leave the NHS.”

    The health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, said that GPs' profits had risen by more than 50% since the introduction of their new contract and that they were “already well …

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