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Independents' Day

Campaign victory on GP vaccine pay

GPs have scored a sensational victory in the campaign to reverse changes to the pay rules for childhood vaccination.

The Government has caved in to Pulse's demands to restore the weighting of MMR as one-quarter of total uptake ­ saving practices thousands of pounds in lost target pay.

A Pulse survey found April's rule change, making MMR uptake count as 50 per cent of the total, had resulted in a huge drop in the proportion of practices hitting the top target.

Some 40 per cent of affected practices were considering opting out of vaccination. But the GPC has announced the original weighting for MMR will now be restored. MMR will count for 25 per cent of uptake, the five-in-one for 50 per cent and meningitis C will be introduced with 25 per cent weighting.

Dr Susan Toothill, a GP in Sevenoaks, Kent, whose practice stood to lose £9,000 a year, said: 'Well done Pulse. You have done the right thing by campaigning ­ we're very grateful.

'It would have been such a shame if we hadn't been able to provide the immunisation service.'

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, former member of the BMA public health committee, said: 'It shows publicity and campaigning when there are issues that are unjust really work.'

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