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Carr-Hill delay plan 'too late'

A last-ditch proposal from GPC members Dr Fay Wilson and Dr Gillian Braunold to delay moving to the Carr-Hill formula until 2005 was rejected as too late by negotiators.

The plan, which mirrored an earlier proposal by the NHS Alliance, was for all GPs to start the contract on the minimum practice income guarantee and switch to Carr-Hill once the formula had been revised. But negotiators said it was too late to return to talks with Ministers.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said the paper was a good idea, but would involve significant renegotiation.

'The Government has made it clear that this is the contract and we've been in negotiations since then to try to improve it,' he said. 'It would involve disadvantaging the winners for a long time.'

Dr Wilson said the last-minute concessions from the Government had persuaded her to back negotiators' call for an immediate ballot ­ particularly quality pay being separated from Carr-Hill and the fact up to 80 per cent of practices would start in MPIG.

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