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

Doctors were furious that the Health Secretary had agreed to delay the plans, which caused them to feel’singled out. 

Officials wanted to see GPs’ pay transparency ‘in-line’ with other civil servants including top NHS managers. 

Dr Richard Vautrey who is the former chair of British Medical Association’s GP Committee, revealed that the government had delayed. 

After a massive row about a shortage of face-toface appointments, he led the rebellion against No10’s order to make GPs see more patients in person.

Already, the panel has voted on its members whether or not they wish to strike over these proposals. This would see the most inefficient practices “named and shamed”.

The action might see doctors rejecting Covid vaccine exemptions and could even lead to them refusing to comply with their contractual obligation of declaring the highest earning patients, as technically it came into force on Wednesday. 

Today, it was revealed that Dr Vautrey will be replaced by a doctor who does not want surgeries to offer patients vital services. 

Following a vote, Dr Farah Jamel was elected the new chair of the committee. Her opponent, Dr Chandra Kanneganti (a Tory councillor who is also the mayor of Stoke-on-Trent), was defeated.  

A doctor stated that anyone who is ‘daft enough’ to vote for someone from the Conservative party (after all they’ve done) to head their union’ should resign. 

The BMA slammed the Government's proposals to get more face-to-face GP appointments last month. The graph above shows the proportion of GP appointments that were face to face since September 2019, before the pandemic began

BMA has criticized the government’s proposal to increase face-to-face appointments for GPs last month. This graph shows how many GP visits were made in face-to face between September 2019 and the start of the pandemic.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (Pictured getting his booster dose) has agreed to postpone the proposals.

Dr Richard Vautrey, the current chair of the BMA, is stepping down

Sajid Javid, Health Secretary (left), is pictured receiving his booster dose. He has now agreed to delay the proposal. Officials wanted to make sure GP pay transparency was “in line” with the standards of other civil servants and senior NHS managers. Current chair of BMA Dr Richard Vautrey is leaving his post.

The average annual income for a GP in Britain is £100,000.

Family doctors worked an average of 6.6 hours per week, which is roughly three days. These days are often made up of 12+ hour shifts. 

Under the five-year contract, highly-paid doctors would have their names and salaries revealed.


The new BMA chair has been named as Dr Farah Jamel from Camden (London),

Prior to her appointment, she complained about the fact that doctors had to offer extra services.

She claimed that further services are a ‘other example of GPs goodwill being used and taken advantage off’ in GPOnline’s 2018 article.

An attachment was added to the article that stated: ‘You would not expect a contractor to take on a project for free or to ask a lawyer for extra work, without getting paid.

“So, why should it not be any different?

Non-core services include inserting pessaries, phlebotomies and spirometries. They aren’t covered by the NHS so they don’t require doctors to do them.

However, critics argue that doctors should still offer these services and Dr Jamel was today condemned for his ‘lax attitude.

The Department of Health said that it would ‘bring common practice in line avec other public servants and senior NHS managers.

The BMA accepted the delay and said that it would allow GPs breathing space’ in a hectic period.

‘Crucially, these changes could have caused disruption over the winter period — distracting from the immediate priorities facing practices and their patients,’ a spokesperson told Pulse Magazine.

‘We are glad that the secretary of state is delaying these plans, providing some breathing space for hard-working GPs.’

Dr Vautrey also said it was ‘good to see Sajid Javid has agreed to delay plans for GP earning declaration arrangements’ in a tweet last night.

He said that GPs face ‘the greatest workload pressures’. 

This comes just a month after Dr Vautrey announced that he was resigning from his position in shock. 

Soon, rumours began to circulate about his decision to leave the committee after he was at odds with other militant members.

BMA members have already been asked by the organization if they would like to strike but has not yet announced their decision.

It was furious over Mr Javid’s £250million package for GPs to get patients more face-to-face appointments.

No10 is still in place with plans to publish data regularly on face-toface attendances of NHS trusts. It will create an effective league table. 

The BMA however has called the proposal ‘unfair demoralising, indefensible’ and said they would cause a tsunami of resignations, retirements, and “sink the ship entirely”. 

There are concerns that not enough appointments take place face to face.

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

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

Following a vote, Dr Farah Jamel (left), was elected the new chair of the committee. She defeated Dr Chandra Kanneganti (right), who was a Tory councillor, and is the mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.

According to official figures, four out of ten appointments are still done by phone.

But at the same time two years ago — before the pandemic — figures showed nine in ten appointments were done in person.

According to the Health Secretary, the reason for hospital pressures rising is because of difficulty accessing doctors.

This month, Mr Javid spoke to the Commons Health and Social Care Committee:[A]A significant number of people turn up to emergency care even though they should have gone to see their GP.

That is their mistake. These people have not gone to the NHS because they weren’t asked. They now want to see doctors and they are right.

‘But part of the reason I think people are turning up in A&E perhaps when they don’t need it is because they’re not able to get through to their primary care services in the usual way.’