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GP practices to get funding uplift to cover staff pay rises

by Sofia Lind
17 July 2023

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Practices will get a funding uplift to cover a 6% pay rise for salaried GPs and other staff.

The uplift will be backdated to April and the Government said it expects the funding to be ‘passed on promptly to all general practice staff’.

It added that GP contractors remain tied into the 2019 five-year funding deal.

The Government accepted a pay review body recommendation for a 6% pay rise for NHS staff last week although partners are excluded.

The Department of Health and Social Care said that for salaried GPs the award will raise the minimum salary by around £3,900 and the maximum by around £5,900.

The uplift to practices is intended to cover all salaried practice staff not just salaried GPs but will be subject to consultation with the BMA, which the DHSC intends to commence shortly.

It said: ‘Those already in multi-year deals were not in scope of the pay review body’s recommendations this year. The DDRB were not asked to make a pay recommendation for GP partners as they are subject to a five-year investment agreement to 2023/24, which was agreed with NHSE and the BMA in 2019. For Salaried GPs, the 6% award will raise the minimum salary by around £3,900 and the maximum by around £5,900.

‘The GP contract will be uplifted to provide funding for salaried general practice staff. This funding will be backdated to April 2023 and it is our expectation this funding is passed on promptly to all salaried general practice staff. As self-employed contractors to the NHS, it is for GP practices to determine uplifts in pay for their employees.’

NHS consultants, SAS doctors, salaried dentists and salaried GPs will receive uplifts of 6% this year, the Government also announced last week.

Junior doctors will receive a 6% uplift, as well as an additional consolidated £1,250 increase – with the Prime Minister calling on the BMA to end ongoing strikes in response as this offer is ‘final’.

However the BMA said the pay offer was ‘another real-terms pay cut and serves only to increase the losses faced by doctors after more than a decade’s worth of sub-inflation pay awards’.

Although the current junior doctors’ strike is due to end tomorrow (Tuesday 18 July), consultants in England will go on strike later this week and have today announced further provisional strike dates of 24 and 25 August.

The Government has said funding for the pay rises will need to come from existing NHS funding with DHSC and NHS England having to ‘reprioritise’.

A version of this story first appeared in our sister publication Pulse