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Little change on vaccine target pay

Payment for childhood vaccines under the new contract has finally been announced with pay rates much the same as the Red Book.

An average practice with a list of 5,000 patients, including 59 children aged two, will get £2,655 for 70 per cent uptake and £7,965 for 90 per cent uptake.

The figures relate to 2003/4 prices with a 3.225 per cent increase in each of the next two years.

For pre-school boosters, practices will be paid £822 for the lower target and £2,465 for the higher.

Dr Kambiz Boomla, chair of City and East London LMC, was disappointed. 'I thought we would get a more even grading so practices that missed the higher target by 1 per cent weren't going to be thrown back to 70 per cent.'

Dr Ruban Prasad, GPC representative on the BMA paediatrics sub-committee, said GPs would be upset there was no deal on informed dissent.

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