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The author works for the BMA’s member relations team. Find out more about BMA member relations here.
Maternity issues are by far the area that we get the most queries about. This can range from a simple question about maternity pay entitlements to complex cases, where for example, practices are refusing to honour maternity pay.
All employees are statutorily entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave – made up of 26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks’ additional leave – regardless of how long they have worked for their employer.
Under the model salaried GP contract, salaried GPs are entitled to the provisions of section 6 of the General Whitley Council Handbook (GWC). This can be confusing as the GWC Handbook no longer applies to non-doctor NHS employees and is no longer being updated. Nevertheless, it is still applicable in this context as it is explicitly referred to in the model salaried GP contract.
Under the model salaried GP contract, a salaried GP will be entitled to contractual maternity pay provided that she has 12 months of continuous NHS service at the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth, also known as ‘Expected Week of Confinement’ (EWC). These entitlements are:
It is important that prior to going on maternity leave that you ensure that the practice are notified of your ‘Expected Week of Confinement’ (EWC) so that they can correctly calculate your pay.
A Sessional GP who had worked extra sessions contacted us recently about a number of issues and our adviser noticed that her pay was incorrect. The member had undertaken a number of extra sessions for the practice during her qualifying period, which were paid for through her salary in the usual way. Maternity pay is calculated based on the average earnings in the 8 weeks up to and including the qualifying week, the qualifying week is the 15th week before the EWC, this is the qualifying period.
The practice were not aware that the shifts should be used to calculate the maternity pay, and had only based her maternity pay on her basic salary. This has had a direct impact on her maternity pay, as the period during which she undertook the additional shifts fell within the qualifying period. This should have been part of the calculation for her maternity pay and therefore she had been paid incorrectly for the whole period. After intervention from the BMA the practice concerned have now admitted they were wrong and had miscalculated the maternity pay and her maternity pay has now been increased for the whole period to reflect the additional earnings.
If you have any questions or need support regarding your maternity entitlements please refer to the BMA website or contact [email protected] and 0300 123 1233
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