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.