Sajid Javid DELAYS plans to make GPs reveal how much they’re earning amid face-to-face appointment chaos ‘because they’re too busy’

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  • Health secretary agrees to postpone proposals, says BMA president
  • Officials plan to update GP pay transparency first
  • BMA threatens action after GPs are asked to see more patients in person

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Sajid Javid has delayed plans for GPs to announce if they make more than £150,000 a year, it emerged today.

The health secretary agreed to postpone the proposals, which angered the doctors because they felt ‘loneliness’.

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The BMA welcomed the move, saying that GPs were ‘very busy facing some of the most intense pressures that many have ever experienced’.

Officials wanted to ensure that GP pay transparency was ‘in line’ with that of other civil servants, including senior NHS managers.

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Dr Richard Voutray, the outgoing chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, exposed the government’s delay.

He led the union’s rebellion against No. 10 orders to force GPs to see more patients in person, after a major row over a lack of face-to-face appointments.

The panel has already given its members a vote on whether they want to take industrial action on proposals that would have seen the worst-performing practices ‘nominated and shamed’.

As well as refusing to sign off on the Covid vaccine exemption, the action could also see doctors refusing their contractual requirement to declare the highest earners which technically came into force this week.

It was also revealed today that Dr Vautre will be replaced by a doctor who wants surgery to stop providing ‘critical’ services to patients.

Dr Farah Jameel, a GP in Camden, north London, was confirmed as the next chair of the committee after a vote. He defeated rival candidate Dr Chandra Kanneganti, who was a Tory councilor and mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.

One doctor said anyone ‘needed to resign leading their union long enough to vote for a member of the Conservative Party (which they did to us)’.

The BMA last month rejected the government’s proposals to get more face-to-face GP appointments. The graph above shows the proportion of GP appointments that were face-to-face from September 2019 before the pandemic began

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (taking the booster dose) has agreed to defer the proposals.

Dr. Richard Vautre, the current president of the BMA, is stepping down.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (left, taking his booster dose) has agreed to defer the proposals. Officials wanted to ensure that GP pay transparency was ‘in line’ with that of other civil servants, including senior NHS managers. Dr. Richard Voutre (left) is the current president of the BMA, stepping down

The average annual income of a GP in the UK is £100,000.

Data shows that family doctors worked in 6.6 sessions a week before Covid, which was equivalent to three days. Those days often have shifts of more than 12 hours.

The names and pay bands of highly paid doctors under the new five-year GP contract were about to be revealed.

Who is the new head of BMA GP committee?

Dr Farah Jameel, a GP in Camden, London, has been appointed as the new chairman of the BMA’s committee.

He had complained that GPs would have to provide additional services before taking up the role.

In an article in GPOnline in 2018, she claimed that further services were ‘another example of GPs being exploited and exploited’ goodwill.

The article was attached to a lease that read: ‘You would not expect a builder to do work for free, or ask a lawyer to do some additional work without paying for it.

‘So why should it be any different for GPs?’

Non-core services include insertion of pessaries, phlebotomy and spirometry. The NHS does not pay for these, which means doctors do not have to offer them.

But critics say doctors should offer services regardless and today condemned Dr Jameel’s ‘loose attitude’.

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Health Department officials said it was ‘to bring about common practice in line with other public servants, including senior NHS managers’.

Welcoming the delay today, the BMA said it would give ‘breathing room’ to GPs during busy periods.

“Importantly, these changes could cause disruption over the winter period – a distraction from the practices and the immediate priorities facing their patients,” a spokesperson said. Pulse Magazine.

‘We are glad the Secretary of State is delaying these plans, providing some breathing space for hardworking GPs.’

Dr Voutre also said it was good to see that Sajid Javid in a tweet last night agreed to delay plans for the GP earnings announcement arrangement.

He warned that GPs were facing ‘the most intense workload pressure’ and said the move would be a ‘distraction’.

It comes as Dr Voutre announced he would step down from his role this month in a shocking resignation.

Rumors soon began to spread that he had indeed decided to jump ship after finding himself alongside the more extremist members of his committee.

The BMA has already asked its 160,000 members if they want to take industrial action, but the results have not been announced yet.

There was anger at Mr Javid’s £250m package for GPs to allow patients to have more face-to-face appointments.

No10 will still go ahead with plans for NHS trusts to publish regular data on face-to-face attendance, which will effectively create a league table.

But the BMA called the proposals “unfair, demoralizing and unforgivable”, saying they would trigger a wave of resignations and retirements and “totally sink the ship”.

Concerns have been raised that very few face-to-face appointments are being made.

Dr Farah Jameel, a GP in Camden, north London, was confirmed as the next chair of the committee after a vote today

Dr. Chandra Kanneganti, pictured, also ran for BMA leadership

Dr Farah Jameel, a GP in Camden, north London, was confirmed as the next chairman of the committee after a vote today (left). He defeated rival candidate Dr Chandra Kanneganti (right), a Tory councilor and mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.

Official data from last month showed that four out of ten appointments were still not made in person, most of which were done over the phone or online.

But at the same time two years ago – before the pandemic – statistics show that nine out of ten appointments were made in person.

The health secretary has blamed problems in reaching GPs for the increasing pressure in hospitals.

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