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NHS 'doesn't need to take lead from USA'

GPC Northern Ireland has urged practices that have disputed their minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) figures to invoke the formal disputes resolution procedure.

The move comes after a series of meetings between the GPC and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety failed to resolve complaints that practices' MPIGs did not contain staff funding from previous years.

The lack of funding would leave practices tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket if not corrected, the GPC had warned.

GPC chair Dr Brian Dunn said the department was doing its best to find the money. Practices had already told health and social services boards that they had signed their contracts subject to agreement over funding.

But Dr Dunn said there was no assurance that the money could be found and practices should write again invoking the formal disputes procedure.

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