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Extra £4 per patient

GPs are being warned to ensure their primary care organisation has increased their income correctly after a last- minute change to global sum calculations.

Practices will now get £54 per notional patient in their global sum, a £4 increase over previous figures.

The move is to take account of the increase in pension contributions for GPs and their staff.

But GPC negotiators said the move should not alter the MPIG correction factor practices receive.

Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'The adjustments increase your correction factor as well as your global sum. GPs should end up with more money to pay their staff.'

The Department of Health confirmed the stance.

Dr Roger Gardiner, a GP in Benfleet, Essex, said his PCO had indicated it would only increase his global sum and cut the correction factor accordingly.

When contacted by Pulse, Castle Point and Rochford PCT denied the move and said it would follow Department of Health guidance.

Dr Gardiner said he would wait until he saw the decision in writing.

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