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Northern Ireland GPs receive pay increase

24 March 2014

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Northern Irish GPs will be given a 1% pay uplift, the government has revealed. 

The government has increased the value of the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) meaning practices will also receive an additional £1 million for doing the same work in 2014/15. 

The contract agreement means that 263 points will be removed from the QOF, adding up to an extra £13 million being transferred into the Global Sum. 

Practices in England, Scotland and Wales will receive a 0.28% uplift, which the governments claim adds up to a  1% pay increase. 

Northern Ireland’s GP committee chair Tom Black said: “This is challenging time for the health service and I welcome the fact that the minister has listened carefully to the views of the general practice, and that we have been able to reach a deal that will benefit our patients.’

“With the issues resolved we can engage in the important role that GPs and their staff will be playing in the delivery of the Transforming Your Care strategy”

Health minister Edwin Poots said: “GPs are absolutely vital in helping deliver our health strategy, and this is why it was important that we reached agreement on the changes for next year.”