BMA Scotland has defended the hike in salaries offered to GPs after negative publicity over the move resulted in a backlash with critics claiming that the wage hikes were responsible for NHS deficits.
The new GP contracts were introduced in 2004 and since then salaries have increased by 25 percent. BMA's Dr Mary Church defended the move and said that the sensational headlines over the pay being as much as Ģ100,000 was true for GPs in England and not Scotland. "I think GPs today will want to talk about it and I'm sure we'll hear from a lot of angry GPs who have been upset by this," she said on BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme. "But it has been shown that patients, in a lot of polls that have been done, realize that this is a sensational headline - they do value their GPs." She said that GPs needed a chance to clear the air about these headlines. " The figure in Scotland is actually less than that and is probably about Ģ80,000," she added. BMA Scotland has come out with a statement saying that the new contracts would result in the prevention and treatment of more than 80,000 life-saving cardiovascular conditions and that hypertension would be effectively controlled. "This is just one example of how evidence-based interventions by GPs can keep people healthier and save lives," Dr Church said. The delegates at the annual conference of Scottish Local Medical Committees in Clydebank were also due to discuss pay-related issues.