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Pay bonus mooted to coax GPs into matrons scheme

Practices with fast-growing patient lists were underpaid by thousands of pounds because of a glitch in the Exeter payment software.

The Department of Health had said the error in quarter two and three payments, which affected almost every practice in England and Wales, amounted to hundreds of pounds at most.

But Dr Eric Rose, a GP in Milton Keynes, Buckingham-shire, said his practice took on 300 patients over the period and was underpaid by £3,000 because of the error.

He said: 'I know of at least one or two other practices in my city alone that are probably at a similar level. It's not just a tiny minority and it's not clear we are going to get it back.'

The department has prom-ised GPs will be given a balancing payment in their fourth quarter global sum to rectify the problem.

Practices whose list fell during the period were overpaid and will receive less.

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