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BMA produces new illustrative pay ranges for salaried GPs

The BMA has produced new illustrative pay ranges for salaried GPs, saying the current salaries recommended by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB) are flawed.

The new pay ranges are based on a survey of 808 salaried GPs in England conducted in Autumn 2020, with the figures uplifted by 3% to reflect the DDRB recommended increase for 2021/22. They place the pay range at more than £10,000 above the DDRB's recommendation for 2021/22 (see table below).

The BMA is now working to form a more comprehensive picture of current pay in the UK, which will also include the other three UK nations. Once this work is complete the pay range to become 'recommended' rather than illustrative. The evidence gained from this process will also be used as the basis for the BMA's submission for the next DDRB pay round.

The BMA said: 'The DDRB pay range is most commonly used as the basis for pay negotiations between these GPs and their GP partner employers.

'Having carried out its own preliminary analysis, the BMA believes that the DDRB pay range should not be used for these negotiations. It does not reflect the reality of salaried GP’s pay, and instead arbitrarily suppresses remuneration of these doctors. The DDRB pay range, in effect, puts these GPs on the back-foot in negotiations, and misleads GP partners regarding the market rate for sessional doctors.'

Salaried GP pay range 2021/22

The table below shows the new illustrative pay range produced by the BMA in comparrison to current DDRB recommendations. The BMA points out that there is no upper limit for sessional GPs – salary should reflect a GP's level of responsibility, experience and qualifications.

NationMinimumMaximum
England - BMA illustrative pay range£77,500£104,000
England - DDRB£62,269£93,965
Scotland - DDRB£61,346£91,564
Northern Ireland - DDRB£63,170£95,325
Wales - DDRB£63,803£96,278

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