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Northern Ireland GPs face delay on pay arrears

GPs in Northern Ireland are almost certain to have to wait a month longer than their peers in the rest of the UK to receive their pay arrears.

Chair of GPC Northern Ireland Dr Brian Dunn said the committee was pressing the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to bring forward the payment date, but officials were insisting on late December.

Quality preparation payments were made last month after the GPC said the move would restore GPs' faith in the contract, Dr Dunn said. 'But for pay arrears they are looking at December, so we will be pushing for it to sooner.'

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