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Contract will continue to protect GP seniority pay

Seniority payments will continue under the new contract because negotiators believe GPs will turn against the deal if they think resources are being taken from them.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said a new form of seniority scheme would be set up with the aim of improving retention rates by appealing to a wider pool of GPs.

He added it would not copy the consultant scheme that depended on fellow doctors 'conspiring in smoke-filled rooms'.

Dr Buckman said: 'Given the appalling retention situation, we believe that this should be part of a package that is designed to improve

retention.

'GPs do not want an analogue to the consultants' system. We want to be rewarded for providing a high-quality service.'

The GP retainer, returner and flexible careers schemes will also remain.

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