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Out-of-hours heading for crisis as PCOs cut cash for GP co-ops

The Scottish Executive has moved to assure GPs they will receive their full quality achievement pay despite a potential multi-million pound gap in funding.

The executive has given local health boards £55.8 million to pay for quality, equivalent to around 720 points average achievement by practices.

A spokesman for the executive said it believed the allocation was 'fair' and local health boards would find extra cash from their budgets if it was not enough.

'GPs will be paid,' he said.

But Dr David Love, joint-chair of GPC Scotland, said health boards had taken an overly conservative view of likely achievement levels. 'I think the money set aside is not going to be sufficient to pay for achievement.'

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