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Gold, incentives and meh

GP unconvinced despite pay boost

Dr Tom Craig has not been persuaded to vote for the contract in the upcoming ballot even though the new ready reckoner has indicated his practice will get a 35 per cent increase in resources by 2006.

Dr Craig's practice in Londonderry, County Antrim, was one of the 64 chosen to test the ready reckoner.

He said the result had given him confidence that he would gain, but did not ease his concerns over how rising staff costs would affect expenses.

He is also worried about the timing of the switch from census data to practice registered lists.

'I had been voting No but I'm now sitting on the fence,' he said.

'When everything is taken into consideration we should get a pay rise, but there are still some principles I would like tackled.'

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