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GPs' 1% pay rise in 'stark contrast' to pharmacy cuts

The NHS's collaboration with GPs is very different to the "uncompromising" attitude shown to pharmacists, says PSNC CEO Sue Sharpe

A 1% pay rise for GPs is in "stark contrast" to the government's decision to slash pharmacy funding, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said.

The GP contract for 2016-17, announced today (February 19), will also see their payments for immunisations rise from £7.64 to £9.80.

PSNC chief executive Sue Sharpe said the collaboration between GP leaders and the NHS to find an “acceptable" contract for the profession was very different to the “uncompromising series of assertions” the Department of Health (DH) has made about pharmacy in recent months.

"[The DH's] approach is, sadly, a far cry from the open and constructive discussions we have had in the past,” she added.

NHS England announced last December that spending on GP services would grow by at least 4% every year for the next five years.

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