British Medical Association chair Hamish Meldrum has written to health secretary Alan Johnson challenging the proposed pay deal for GPs.

A BMA spokeswoman said Dr Meldrum had written to Mr Johnson last week expressing the BMA's "serious concerns" that the recommendations on GPs' pay from the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration, which were accepted by the government, were "not legally deliverable under current regulations".

The review body had proposed that a 2.7 per cent pay increase should come from funds currently paid to practices under the minimum practice income guarantee, resulting in a net increase of 0.2 per cent to average core practice income.