NICE in talks over drug firm link-ups
The Government is to replace the golden hello scheme from next April with an initiative designed to target deprived and under-doctored areas.
The NHS Confederation and GPC are hammering out details of the new programme, which could allow PCOs worst-hit by GP shortages to offer a bigger bonus than the current £12,000 top award.
But golden hellos will not be universally applied, meaning the £5,000 standard payment may disappear. GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden warn- ed GPs should not be 'pushed around' into certain regions.