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GPs want income guarantee change

GPC members have called for changes to the permanent income guarantee after raising concerns that it would continue long-standing underfunding of some practices.

They presented modifications to the plan, put forward by GPC negotiators to end GP anxiety over massive losses

under the Carr-Hill formula, at last week's GPC meeting.

Dr Ron Singer, a GPC member and GP in north London, said the deal needed to ensure disadvantaged practices closed the gap.

'One of the problems with the new pay deal is that it fixes practices where they are now,' he said.

'We wanted to make a modification where that does not happen.'

Fellow GPC member Dr Chaand Nagpaul said there needed to be enough money to fund the guarantee to ensure other GPs did not see their funding cut.

He added: 'The proposal seems to be extremely attractive, but we need to be sure this really is something that is going to be funded.'

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said the extra cost of the income guarantee would be 'relatively small', with an absolute 'outside figure' of £100 million a year.

Some £297 million had been earmarked for transitional payments.

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