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Quality preparation payments held back

GPs are unlikely to see any quality preparation pay before September, GPC negotiators have conceded.

They had hoped quality preparation payments ­ worth £3,000 to the average GP ­ would be paid from August, with the full 12 per cent pay rise to follow in September, backdated to April.

But GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said it was likely the Review Body would want to implement the payments at the same time.

The BMA and NHS Confederation are finalising joint written evidence for the Review Body, despite a claim last month from GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd that the process was complete and the body could start 'beavering away'.

Dr Meldrum remained hopeful of a September implementation date.

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