GP principal

GP principal

A vocationally-trained GP in the UK who has full GMC registration and is contracted by a local health authority or health board to provide general medical services to patients without supervision.
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Dr Mehreen Ali, a GP principal in Brierley Hill, said: "I would support my juniors in striking as a last resort.
DR DAVID SHOVLIN - WEST LOCALITY LEAD: Dr Shovlin has been GP principal at the Burn Brae Medical Group in Hexham for the past 10 years.
Dr Fuge graduated from the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff in 1969 before becoming a GP principal and partner in a general practice in the capital between 1978 and 1990.
The latest set of curbs stipulate that, among other things, he must confine his medical practice to working as an NHS GP under the supervision of a named GP principal.
A GP can become a principal at, say, the age of 27 and stay as a GP principal until they are 60 - there's no change.
GP recruitment in Mid Wales is poor and with many GP principals due to retire in the next five years we wonder how medical care in the area will then be provided.
In the first three years of the new GP contract, the average earnings of GP principals rose by 58% from pounds 73,000 in 2003 to pounds 114,000 in 2006, while over the same period the average pay given by GP principals to their salaried assistants rose by just 3%.
For two years in succession GP principals have seen their pay cut as there has been a 0% increase in resources for general practice while running costs have risen.
Byline: Dr A Smithers, Dr J Horn, Dr E Mwale, Dr R Girvan, Dr A Kotharee, GP Principals, Park-Leys Practice, Keresley.
Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA GPs committee, claimed a UK-wide GP survey had shown 75 per cent of GP principals expected income to go down this financial year.
In addition there are three vacant posts for GP principals, family doctors working single-handed or as partners in practices.