Out-of-hours sums do not add up

Lancelot, Chris
October 2003
GP: General Practitioner;10/20/2003, p29
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.


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