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Declaring interest in Carr-Hill formula

Dr Hank Beerstecher comments on my postings on the BMA website to the effect

that I was a potential Carr-Hill loser requiring

a MPIG despite a weighting of 1.36 (Letter, May 12).

Those comments were made in the context of inaccurate Scottish Carr-Hill allocations, a deficient ready reckoner and some uncertainty over how to input the data required.

I reject his charge of failing to declare any interest because I was one of very few GPC members who made personal details freely available and because many contributors to

this debate have described the outcome of

Carr-Hill calculations without declaring their own positions within the lottery of current resource allocation.

The new Scottish allocations are being road-tested by some members of the Scottish GPC and indications are that my new figures are far more modest, and I may well just avoid MPIG.

Dr Brian Keighley

Balfron, Stirlingshire

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