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Pay for violent patients won't protect GPs

The pay on offer to GPs who treat violent patients will not be enough to ensure adequate practice security, claims Dr Richard Vautrey.

Practices that opt in to treating violent patients as an enhanced service will receive a retainer of £2,000 per year plus £40-£80 for every in-hours consultation and £50-£100 per out-of-hours consultation. In addition, practices will receive £2,500 for infrastructure costs.

Dr Vautrey, chair of Leeds LMC and a GP in the city, predicted GPs would snub the deal: 'I have my doubts that the £2,500 will support proper security measures.'

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