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Hib campaign date set, but no pay deal yet

The Government has set a date of May 12 to launch the national Hib vaccine booster catch-up campaign ­ but a deal has yet to be struck on how much GPs will be paid.

The GPC criticised ministers for setting the date before hammering out the pay deal.

An item-of-service deal is likely, but it has not been agreed whether the A (£4.70) or B (£6.80) rate will apply.

GPs will have to call in every child aged six months to four years on April 1 ­ ex-

pected to be 70 patients per GP.

GPs will receive details of the four-month campaign from the Chief Medical Officer this week.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said: 'We're a wee bit annoyed about the timing as they announced it before we had a chance to finalise the pricing.'

A national advertising campaign will start on April 25 but vaccines will not be delivered to GPs' surgeries until at least April 28.

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