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New 'golden hello' plan

Ministers are planning to overhaul the golden hello scheme for GPs. The Department of Health is to review the scheme, which pays new GPs £5,000 or £12,000 if they go to an under-doctored area, this year. A revised version would start in 2005/6, according to the GPC annual report.

Dr David Wrigley, a former chair of the GPC registrars sub-committee, said he wanted to see a 'substantial' hike in both payments.

In their annual report, GPC negotiators said they expected the next two years to be dominated by planning for the Government's next three-year spending cycle which begins in April 2006.

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