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Defence of the GMC just doesn't stand up

So we learn that yet another public health campaign has been launched with barely a thought for how to pay GPs for their time. PCTs taking part in the upcoming MMR catch-up will receive Government grants for extra vaccine, but not a penny for those who must do the donkeywork. Add to this the Government's lurking pledge of personal health plans for every patient who wants one, and there's a growing feeling ministers are taking advantage of GPs' goodwill.

Some campaigns conducted in the name of public health have more merit than others, but what they all share is the potential to take up enormous amounts of GPs' time. Of course, the new contract was supposed to end this kind of nonsense, by guaranteeing GPs would be reimbursed for any extra work foisted upon them. Just six months on, and the Government seems to have forgotten the assurances it gave, and slipped back into the old, lazy assumptions: that GPs' time is both infinite and free.

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