GPs receive record pay rises amid Covid pandemic
Dennis Reed, from campaign group Silver Voices, urged ministers to explain how such spending had been authorized, saying: ‘We all want a professional, trained and qualified GP service, but it is hard to justify increases to that level, taking gains at that level.
“These increases came at a time when the whole country was struggling, with many people laid off.
“It will be incredibly irritating and painful for older people who have struggled to get a face-to-face appointment, or sometimes to get an appointment, to know that GPs were getting such huge raises and l to hear now that the whole country is facing a cost of living crisis.
During the pandemic, GP surgeries were being paid £13 per Covid vaccination, with rates rising to £15 and more on Sundays as the crisis grew more urgent.
Meanwhile, the framework that normally governs their pay, tying it to the amount of work they do, has been partially suspended. Under a negotiated deal with the BMA, GPs continued to be paid for tasks such as checking up the elderly and monitoring patients with asthma, diabetes and heart disease without having to pay them. TO DO.
As GPs are self-employed, they have also been able to apply for government support schemes, with successful applicants receiving an additional £12,500 on average.
Dr Farah Jameel, chairman of the BMA England GP committee, said the revenue figures reflected the “monumental efforts” of family doctors during the pandemic, adding that they had “pushed themselves to the limit”.
She added: “They also represent the additional short-term and temporary Covid emergency response funding given to the practices to enable them to carry out the vaccination programme, despite huge and historic labor shortages. work.”
It comes amid a widespread shortage of GPs. On Monday, a survey found that 1.5 million people have lost their GP in the past eight years following the closure of nearly 500 practices.
Professor Martin Marshall, president of the Royal College of GPs, said the role had become so stressful it was now ‘irreversible’ full-time.