Details of the GP contract for 2018/19 have been released after GPC England voted to accept this year’s agreement for contractual and non-contractual changes.
A 1% increase in pay and 3% uplift to expenses, ahead of any future announcement on pay by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), are the headline figures.
Total investment of £256million will also see around £60m devoted to supporting GPs with indemnity and £10m towards supporting the roll-out of an e-referral service.
Commenting on the negotiations – and the announced pay uplift – Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC chairman, said: “From the outset of these negotiations we have been resolute that we would not accept a 1% uplift for pay and expenses, but made it clear that after a decade of pay cuts, it is time GPs and their staff received a proper pay increase.
“We have therefore provided strong evidence to the DDRB that doctors should be given an uplift of RPI plus 2%, to bring us in line with the wider economy and we expect the Government to fund any DDRB recommendation.”
Other agreed measures in the contract negotiation include:
- Uplift in line with inflation for those vaccinations and immunisations in the SFE
- Uplift to reimbursements of locum cover for sickness and maternity/paternity/adoption leave
- Fixed-term contracted salaried GPs for sickness/parental leave will be reimbursed (in line with locum cover)
- New premises cost directions
For full information on the contract changes, click here.