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Ballot result by mid-May or deal might collapse

GPC negotiators have set a mid-May deadline for a result in the contract ballot because of fears a legislative logjam could threaten the entire deal.

The ballot would need to be launched by mid-April.

Negotiators believe any further delay could scupper chances of getting amendments into the Health and Social Care bill.

Negotiators now face a tight timetable to price the

final elements of the contract.

GPC negotiator Dr Tony Dearden admitted the pricing of directed enhanced services ­ such as flu immunisation ­ and national enhanced services ­ such as intra-partum care ­ were on the back burner.

The BMA, NHS Confederation and Department of Health are working on an updated ready reckoner so GPs can predict their total practice income for the next three years.

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