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Pay weighted by country

GPs' quality pay will be weighted according to whether they are in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

GPC and NHS Confederation negotiators have agreed achievement payments to practices in March 2005, the end of the first year of the new GMS contract, will be calculated by dividing practices' disease prevalence by the national figure.

Quality aspiration payments paid from April onwards will not be weighted.

The aspiration payments, to be paid in monthly instalments, will equate to a third of the points GPs' say they want to reach a year later.

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