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Blunder as registrars miss out on pay rise

GP registrars have been left in the dark about their pay rise for 2003/4 after the Review Body omitted them from its report.

The BMA blamed the Department of Health for the blunder, arguing it had failed to submit evidence in time for last week's report, despite repeated warnings.

A spokesman for the Review Body said it would now submit a supplementary report in July to cover registrars.

 · Even if the GP contract

ballot result is announced on June 23, the Review Body will not be able to make its recommendation in time for GPs' first quarter payment.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said pay rises will be backdated to April: 'There will be a massive cheque when the deal is done.'

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