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GPC acts to calm fears over GP pay formula

The GPC has admitted there are inconsistencies in the data being used to create the

formula for GP pay.

A weighted capitation formula, which will dictate GPs' basic payment, is being drawn up by the University of York and is based on several sources of data, including the General Household survey and mortality rates.

Dr Judy Gilley, chief executive of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC, said she was worried about the quality of the information.

She said: 'When we have tried to compile data locally it has been impossible to tell what is GMS funding and what is a bit of the other.'

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said dis- crepancies over staff reimbursement data would work in GPs' favour.

He added that it was 'absolutely fundamental the formula is seen to be fair'.

He said: 'We're aware there could be a lack of consistency but in most cases the problems will work in our favour and we will bear that in mind.'

Dr Meldrum added that the formula would be reviewed regularly. Practices that faced a sudden change to their population, such as an influx of refugees, would get enhanced service payments.

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