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I think it was both a monumental cock-up and a conspiracy!

Monumental cock-up or conspiracy? To me it seems a bit of both.

I always thought weighted list meant increasing it in high-demand/deprived areas to reward doctors already working there and to give incentive to new younger GPs to join as partners ­ very similar to London weighting.

Alas I was completely off the mark. Our practice is one such and our weighted list is minus 700 patients and our projected income by the Carr Hill formula is 40 per cent less.

I can see the contract working, but only if our negotiators get capitation raised to £100 per patient. I can then shed 700 clients off my book and still make a reasonable living.

I expect most colleagues will not object to it. It will create new vacancies for GPs and will give ministers some new recruitment targets to achieve.

I am not sure what the future holds for general practice, but for once I feel certain the BMA cannot get us out of this mess and its own future is in grave jeopardy.

Dr SA Zafar

Small Heath

Birmingham

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