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Mixed greetings for GPs' golden hellos

Government figures have revealed large variations in uptake in London of the golden hello and golden handcuff schemes to aid GP recruitment and retention.

Some primary care trusts in the capital have paid out to as many as 22 GPs while others had received no applications.

Lambeth PCT in south-east London has given 14 golden hellos and eight golden handcuff payments since the scheme was introduced last year.

Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington, and Kensington and Chelsea trusts have not received any applications so far.

Debbie Wickett, head of primary care development at Tower Hamlets PCT, said the trust ran a salaried scheme to attract GPs to the area and so did not pay out golden hellos.

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