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25 February 2003

PRIMARY CARE REFORM IS NOT JUST ABOUT GPs PAY,

SAYS THE CPHVA

Reform of primary care services is not just about hiking up GPs pay, but ensuring that all practice staff are well-rewarded for their increased workloads, says the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA is concerned that while GPs’ pay will rise substantially under the deal to combat the shortfall in family doctors, other staff in GP practices, such as practice nurses, may be left behind in the pay stakes.

This is despite the fact that under the deal, nursing staff will be expected to take on additional duties, such as managing coronary heart disease.

The CPHVA’s director, Mark Jones said: ‘What we must not forget is that the very welcome 33% increase for NHS general practice over the next three years is for GP budgets, not just GP salaries. This will give scope to employ extra nurses who will be needed to make these reforms work successfully.’

‘GPs will not be able to increase the range of services they offer to patients, such as drug and alcohol counselling, without the dedicated nursing and support staff who will be asked to take on these extra responsibilities.’

‘There is currently glaring inequality in what different GPs pay their staff – this must end. What we would like to see is practice nurses having access to a set national standard of pay and employment conditions, with the option to be employed by primary care trusts. We are looking to the Agenda for Change package to see that this happens.’

‘We shall digest the small print of the family doctors’ contract to see what the exact implications are for our practice nurse members.’

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 The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.

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