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Pay boost for PMS as quality penalty is cut

The quality points penalty for PMS practices has been cut from 196 to 174 points, according to Government guidance. The change gives PMS GPs an extra £1,650 next year.

The penalty for 2005/6, when the value of each quality point rises from £75 to £120, has also been reduced to 109 points.

Revised guidance released last week said an average PMS practice is already receiving £13,050 of the new quality money in its baseline budget. The previous estimate had been £14,700.

GPC negotiators said the reduction was fair.

GPC chair Dr John Chis-holm said: 'If it had gone up and that had been fair we would have been content. What we are concerned about is fairness and accuracy.'

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