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GPC negotiators fail to get amnesty on MMR

The GPC has failed in its efforts to resolve the issue over MMR target payments in the new contract.

MMR vaccination has been excluded from the quality and outcomes framework, which means the current incentive-based system will remain.

All vaccinations and immunisations will fall under the additional services section of the new contract, which must be provided by all practices unless they have a good reason to opt out, for example staff shortage.

But some additional

services including cervical cytology and contraception will be included in the quality framework. This means there will be a safety-net to stop

GPs being financially penalised if patients refuse to consent

to treatment or take advice.

A BMA spokeswoman said: 'The Government would not allow exception reporting for childhood immunisations so we would not allow it in the quality framework. Until they allow exception reporting it won't go into quality.'

The GPC said it would continue to negotiate on MMR as a separate issue.

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