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GP partners in Wales awarded 4% pay rise

2018/19 award for GP partners in Wales is double the 2% rise for those in England

Ingrid Torjesen

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

GP partners in Wales will receive a 4% pay rise backdated to 1 April - double the 2% rise offered to partners in England for 2018/19.

The pay rise is in line with the uplift recommended by the independent Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) earlier this year. The DDRB recommended that GPs receive “an additional increase in pay, net of expenses, of 2% above our minimum pay recommendation” of 2%.

The Welsh government is the only government to follow the recommendations in full. The Scottish government granted GPs a 3% pay rise and GPs in England received 2%.

Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething said in a statement today that there will be a 2% base increase for salaried doctors and dentists, salaried GPs and independent contractor GPs and general dental practitioners. On top of this there will be an additional 2% for independent contractor GPs, salaried GPs and to the GP trainers’ grant and the GP appraisers’ rate, and an additional 1.5% for specialty and associate specialist doctors.

“This pay rise, which will be backdated to 1 April 2018, recognises the value and dedication of hardworking doctors and dentists and their key contribution to the NHS in Wales. This deal goes beyond what was agreed for doctors and dentists over the border and is yet another reason why Wales is a great place to train, work and live,” Gething said.

“Following years of austerity, imposed by the UK government, we have committed additional funding to fulfil the DDRB recommendations. The reality remains, however, that our budgets are limited and so meeting a pay deal resulting from the lifting of the UK government’s pay cap without appropriate funding to follow presents a risk to the future funding of NHS Wales.”

He welcomed assurances from British Medical Association (BMA) Wales that it would work in partnership with the Welsh government and NHS employers on plans to assure long-term sustainability of the workforce, and develop primary care in Wales.

BMA Wales chair Dr David Bailey said: “Whilst the DDRB's recommendations could have gone further to address many years of below-inflation rises, doctors in Wales will be pleased that the Welsh government has decided to implement the recommendations made by the independent panel.”

He added: “By following a different path to that taken in England the cabinet secretary has again shown that concrete steps are being taken to ensure Wales is an attractive place for doctors to work and will go some way towards addressing the recruitment and retention challenges we are facing.”

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