TITLE

Out-of-hours sums do not add up

AUTHOR(S)
Lancelot, Chris
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
GP: General Practitioner;10/20/2003, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Although the individual components of the new GMS contract in Great Britain might be fine, the whole thing didn't add up, because money and time were frequently double-counted. One such problem area is about to explode, the changes to out-of-hours arrangements. Under the new contract, all practices both GMS and PMS are entitled to opt out of out-of-hours work, which PCT will now have to organize and finance. It now transpires that almost all general practitioner (GP) want to opt out of out-of-hours and the fees required to tempt doctors to do out-of-hours work for the PCT will be astronomical. Rates have been quoted of up to £ 250 an hour at Christmas and £ 140,000 a year for permanent night duty. The new contract out-of-hours money will be deducted at source, so GP will lose this superannuation element and for them this means losing a whopping 5 per cent of their contributions each year.
ACCESSION #
11390322

 

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