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Blair says GPs are worth it

GPs are not overpaid, Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Pulse.

But they must sign up to the Government's reform agenda to prove they are worth their new contract pay rises, he believes.

Responding to a question about recent evidence showing GPs were earning £15,000 a year more and working four hours a week less since the new contract, Mr Blair said it was 'good' that health professionals were earning more.

He said: 'In my view, no they're not [overpaid].

'I mean, my view is it's very simple...I think the fact that we're paying our health professionals more is good, but

what we need in return for that is more change and more reform.'

Mr Blair said GPs were being asked to do more to promote public health and to be proactive in identifying patients at risk of heart disease and other conditions.

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