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GPs pour scorn on NHS pledge

GPs in Scotland are finally to receive superannuation funding for new work in a deal which brings them on a par with the rest of the UK.

Under a deal struck this week, practices will get an extra £2.52 for each quality point they earned last year plus £0.23 per patient on their list. For 2005/6, the figures are uplifted to £4.64 and £0.50 respectively.

Payments to cover 2004/5 and the year to date will be made in a lump sum in December and January. Global sums will then be corrected for the next quarterly payment to take account of the deal.

The agreement, which took a year to negotiate, corrects a mistake in payment systems that meant GPs in Scotland were denied employer's superannuation contributions on the quality framework and other new income.

The cash had been included in practices' global sums, but the vast majority of GPs who needed the minimum practice income guarantee then had the money deducted erroneously from their correction factors.

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