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GPs expect contract to hit their income

Almost 30 per cent of GPs expect their pay to fall as a result of the contract changes.

One in four GPs predicted a drop of up to 10 per cent as a result of the freeze in global sums and quality pay, with 5 per cent expecting their income to drop more than 10 per cent. Most GPs expected a freeze in their pay next year, with only one GP in ten predicting any increase for their practice.

Dr Zohra Banu, a GP in Southall, Middlesex, said it was impossible to improve practice profits from the new deal. She said: 'The money won't change and the bureaucracy and paperwork haven't been reduced.'

Dr Peter Scott, a GP in Birmingham, predicted his income would stay approximately the same. He said: 'Any gain we do manage will be spent on resources.'

Dr Clive Wallis, a GP in Swinton, said his practice was small and may lose money from having to farm out services such as the obesity register to specialist carers. He added: 'What it comes down to is that the Government signs up to a deal, realises that it's spent half a billion more than it thinks it has and makes it harder for us to earn the money we've been promised.'

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