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Contract fiasco delays Hib booster pay deal

GPs still have no idea how they will be paid for the planned Haemophilus influenzae b immunisation catch-up campaign because of delays to the new contract.

The Government wants the campaign to begin in April or May but negotiations on pay are being held up until GPs vote in the contract ballot.

Practices are already identifying eligible children ­ those who will be six months to four years old on April 1.

GPC negotiator Dr Andrew Dearden said the catch-up campaign would fall under enhanced services if the contract went ahead and under the Red Book if it did not.

The Chief Medical Officer expects the campaign to last four months, with each GP expected to vaccinate about 70 children.

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