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CAMHS won't see you now

Quality pay hold-up will make GPs 'bloody furious'

GPs may not receive quality preparation payments until late September at the earliest because of GPC and NHS Confederation

delays in giving evidence to the Review Body.

The GPC said it expected GPs to be 'bloody furious' over the hold-up and admitted it could not guarantee the

average £9,000-a-practice payments would come next month. Negotiators had promised the cash would be paid in August.

Dr Simon Fradd, GPC joint-deputy chair, said it would be 'inexcusable' for payments not to be made next month.

'The truth is nothing will come through before the end of September,' he said. 'The feeling is the money will come as an enhanced capitation payment and everything will come then. It is totally inappropriate for any excuses to be made beyond September.'

Dr Harry Yoxall, Somerset LMC medical secretary, said many practices had taken on staff to prepare for the quality framework and would be disappointed by the delay.

He added: 'Our personal drawings have certainly

dropped in the first quarter.'

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