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12% pay rise for Yes vote... but 2.5% for No

Every GP will see their pay leap by at least 12 per cent from April if they vote Yes to the contract, the GPC has promised.

And in their strongest appeal yet for a Yes vote, negotiators warned that ministers will give GPs a pay rise of just 2.5 per cent if they reject the contract.

The 12 per cent net pay rise pledge is the first accurate indication of how the contract will affect the money in GPs' pockets. The extra cash in the first year would be made up of:

·5.5 per cent from £3,000 quality preparation pay per GP

·5 per cent inflationary uplift for fees and allowances combined with an expenses rise

·1.5 per cent seniority pay.

GPs in England could each earn an average of £9,845 extra by bidding to provide directed enhanced services such as flu immunisation and minor surgery. Comparable funding will be available in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

GPC joint deputy-chair Dr Simon Fradd said the true picture was even rosier as the 12 per cent did not include the 2.4 per cent expenses clawback written off by the Government in the contract deal.

He said: 'This is a true 12 per cent pay rise. If someone wants to take on enhanced services, they can get the money as a bonus.'

Dr Fradd added the pay rise was guaranteed for two years because of transitional protection payments.

But he warned GPs: 'If the contract is rejected you'll probably get the 3.225 per cent uplift in fees and the

Government will claw back the 2.4 per cent so you're left with about 2.5 per cent.'

The pay boost came as GPC negotiators cast doubt on the accuracy of the Carr-Hill formula to calculate practices' notional list size.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said the formula ­ which will determine GPs' global sum and quality pay ­ 'should come with a bit of a health warning' as it was based on primary care organisation data about practices. 'It's designed to give you something to base calculations on. We hope it will be pretty accurate.'

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