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Ghost patients fear

The GPC has expressed concern at the implications of a planned change to the system for adjusting GP lists for 'ghost' patients.

Fees and allowances are currently scaled back nationally by 6 per cent to take account of list inflation, based on national census figures. But under the new contract the scaling back would be done at primary care organisation level so GPs with low list inflation do not suffer.

However, this would be at the expense of GPs in areas with high list inflation.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said: 'I'm very concerned about the implications.'

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