Night Calls at Risk in Pay Feud with GPs
Brown, Colin, The Independent (London, England)
Ministers have been warned by the British Medical Association that family doctors are threatening to stop carrying out night visits in some areas, because of a feud over their pay.
The BMA said last night that if the doctors' pay review body did not recommend more money for the night visits in its report in the new year, it would seek a crisis meeting with the Prime Minister.
Dr Ian Bogle, chairman of the general medical services committee, which is leading the negotiations, warned Virginia Bottomley, the Secretary of State for Health, that the doctors were more angry than at any time since their new contract was introduced in 1990.
He told Mrs Bottomley there was widespread disquiet among doctors and he was facing calls to abandon out-of-hours cover. Dr Bogle said extra money was needed, but the meeting failed to resolve the row.
At the root of the doctors' unrest is a proposed change to their payments for night visits of pounds 45 and pounds 15. They are being offered instead a lump sum each year of pounds 2,000 plus pounds 9 for each consultation with a patient between 10 pm and 8 am.
Mrs Bottomley is resisting the doctors' demands to find more money to settle the …
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Publication information: Article title: Night Calls at Risk in Pay Feud with GPs. Contributors: Brown, Colin - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: December 3, 1994. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.