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GPs worried about ever increasing stress levels

The Department of Health has confirmed that quality framework aspiration payments for this year should be made at the uprated figure of £125 per point.

Officials have amended the statement of financial entitlements (SFE) to end confusion among PCTs. Many trusts mistakenly believed aspiration payments were to be made at last year's £75 per point value.

The updated SFE has also clarified that practices will be paid for meeting childhood immunisation targets as they were under the Red Book.

Practices will get the money three months after the end of the quarter they were being measured on.

GPC negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey said the amendments were necessary to prevent payments being made at the wrong level or at the wrong time.

'The wording of how aspiration payments would be made was open to misinterpretation and the amendment is certainly in GPs' favour,' he said.

'Next year we will look at immunisation target pay.'

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