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GP trainee pay issues

GPC England is aware that under new arrangements for the provision of primary care support services, a number of practices have not been provided with accurate information in order to pay GP trainees at their practice or have not received reimbursement for GP trainee pay.

No matter the reason for the issues, GP trainees should not be left without pay.

It remains the responsibility of the practice (as the employer) to ensure they pay their trainees, however, we recognise that it may not be possible to do so without the required information or the necessary funds. Therefore NHS England, Health Education England and GPC met on 9 November to resolve these issues, and have implemented the following process:

Where practices have not been provided with accurate information to pay their trainees, they should contact NHS England regional teams for immediate advice on appropriate payments and should pay their trainees without delay. This does not remove the contractual responsibility for the practice as the employer to ensure their trainees are paid.

Where practices have not been provided with the funding to pay their trainees, practices should pay their trainees and subsequently contact NHS England regional teams to ensure they receive immediate reimbursement.

Practices should also write to NHS England regional teams and to PCSE to advise them that, if within 7 calendar days (from the date of their letter to NHS England/PCSE), they have not received the required information or the required reimbursement which leads to financial discrepancies/hardship, that legal proceedings will be issued in the County Courts.

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