By Daniel Martin
Last updated at 1:56 AM on 30th July 2009
Family doctors could see their salaries soar by £27,000 once a swine flu vaccination programme is in place, the Daily Mail can reveal.
Yesterday they were trying to thrash out a deal which could see GPs paid £7.51 for every jab they give to patients.
They are also negotiating with ministers over their performance-related pay.
They want assurances they will not miss out on bonuses even if they have to cancel routine check-ups due to swine flu pressures – which has already started happening.
Every swine flu patient GPs inoculate will need two doses of the vaccine. With the average GP having 1,800 patients, that means a salary boost of just over £27,000.
This figure would give doctors a pay rise some 25 per cent above their usual salary of £107,000.
There are 33,000 GPs in the country and the vaccination programme will cost the NHS £900million in payments to them.
The Government is considering using school nurses to administer the vaccine in an attempt to keep down costs.
It will be up to each GP to decide how the money, which will go back into a practice, is spent.
Some doctors may decide to spend the money to cover extra staff costs but others could choose to pocket the cash.
And it has emerged the practice will get the money even though GPs themselves may not deliver the vaccine – the nurse may carry out the job on their behalf.
Critics said it was outrageous that GPs were asking for extra money to do something that should just be part of their job.
They added that it was extraordinary that GPs are demanding yet more money when their pay has gone up by 55 per cent in five years, and they are doing seven fewer hours a week thanks to the lucrative contract negotiated in 2003.
GPs will find out in several weeks if their demands have been met.
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