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GPs to boycott Hib catch-up over pay

Some GPs in Wales are boycotting the Haemophilus influenzae b booster catch-up campaign, which started last week, because a pay deal has still not been negotiated.

GPC Wales is holding out for an administration fee of £1.65 in addition to the

£6.80 item-of-service fee on offer.

GPs in England will receive the £6.80 fee per patient.

PCTs have also received £1 per patient to support the six-month campaign.

Dr Gareth Hayes, medical secretary of Bro Taf LMC and a GP in Cardiff, said: 'Some GPs will await the outcome of the deliberations before starting the campaign, which will make the time frame a lot tighter.'

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, said: 'I am confident in reaching a solution. Inevitably, any pay will be backdated but practices will have to make their own decisions on whether to start the campaign.'

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