§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why he has agreed to give an increase of 254 per cent. to those general medical practitioners who have trainee assistants by raising the annual payments from £240 to £850.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The increased payment to general practitioner trainers forms part of a series of inter-related changes in fees and allowances recommended by the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration which, taken together, are designed to increase the intended average net remuneration of general medical practitioners by 7½ per cent. It was considered that, in view of the accepted need to bring about an immediate expansion of vocational training in general practice, a substantial increase was desirable in the trainers' allowance, which hitherto has only been in the nature of honorariums.