DDRB asked not to suggest that salary increase practices of salaried GPs cannot afford

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The government has asked the Physician and Dentist Compensation Review Body (DDRB) to consider “affordability” for practices when recommending a salary increase for general practitioners for the next year.

In his engagement letter to the DDRB for the 2022/23 fiscal year, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the remuneration of independent general practitioners should not be considered part of the review as they “remain subject to review. “to the five-year salary agreement between NHS England and the BMA.

However, he added: “We invite you, however, to make recommendations on the maximum and minimum wage increases. [GP] salary scales.

But he said: “As always, recommendations will need to be based on the affordability and fixed contractual resources available to firms under the five-year GP contract.”

The five-year GP contract for England GPs, concluded in 2019/20, aimed to give GP partners a 2% pay rise year over year.

However, for the current fiscal year, the government has accepted a DDRB recommendation that salaried general practitioners receive a 3% pay rise.

At the time, the BMA said it was an “empty promise” without additional funding for GP practices.

The government originally proposed a 1% pay hike for doctors in March this year.

Meanwhile, contract negotiations with the Welsh GP for 2021/22 concluded at the end of last month, with all GPs due to receive a 3% pay rise backdated to April 1. The year before, Welsh GPs received a 2.8% pay rise.

Last month, the LMC conference in England called on the BMA to negotiate a new GP contract, with more than half of delegates expressing support for a fee-for-service model.


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