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Boost for trainers in Wales

GP trainers in Wales have been given a boost after the GPC negotiated a deal worth around £1,000 each.

The Welsh Assembly has agreed that from next year, trainers will be reimbursed for employers' superannuation contributions on their training grants of around £7,000.

The change has been backdated to April 2004. Trainers will be allowed to claim the money back for last year from their deanery.

GPs affected will need to put in backdated claims for the money before the end of March.

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, urged trainers to get their claim in as soon as possible. 'Fair play to the Assembly, they've been quite honourable in all this,' he said.

'We are pleased to see that the valuable work done by GP trainers has been recognised and will be appropriately rewarded.'

Dr Dearden added that he would continue to press for employers' contributions to be reimbursed on all superannuable payments.

Grants will be uplifted in 2007 to include superannuation.

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