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GPs to get vital GMS pages mid-January

GPs will not be sent full guidance on the new GMS contract until mid-January because the Government missed at least two self-imposed deadlines to release it.

The document includes details about MPIG, disease prevalence weighting, opting out of additional services and out-of-hours and contracting for enhanced services.

The 100-plus pages of guidance accompanies the 400-page draft standard contract and 100-page statement of financial entitlements.

Until they are sent a hard copy, GPs will have to access the 600 pages of detailed and complex information via electronic versions on the Department of Health's website: (

The delay in practices receiving their hard copies means GPs will have less than three months to prepare for the April start date.

Meanwhile, practices have until January 16 to submit their aspiration level for the quality and outcomes framework.

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