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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.

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