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GPs go forth

Aspiration pay change to benefit most GPs

Quality aspiration payments for the second year of the contract will be 60 per cent of the practice's achievement in 2004/5 in a change expected to benefit most GPs.

The change contrasts with the first-year system in which practices get one-third of the quality pay they aspire to. In year two practices will be able to choose between the two systems so practices that have fallen short of their aspiration do not lose out.

GPC negotiators said the new system would improve cash-flow and leave most

practices 'significantly better off'.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC joint-deputy chair, said the option would be an 'indefinite choice' for GPs.

'If local circumstances

result in a low achievement in the first year they can still use the initial aspiration method in the second year,' he said.

Under both systems the payment is made in 12 monthly instalments.

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