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Reading the nationals today you might have felt your stress levels inch up a notch or two at another poorly disguised GP bash.

By Lilian Anekwe

Reading the nationals today you might have felt your stress levels inch up a notch or two at another poorly disguised GP bash.



"GPs to get £100 for checks on people with learning disabilities" - the Guardian and BBC news online both report, clearly pleased at highlighting a deserving cause, though not being able to resist the urge to stoke the overpaid GP fire once again.

The tone of the reports may have irked many of the GPs who so often, and increasingly with just cause, complain that GP-related stories are spun in the press with a distinctly negative slant.

Both reports imply that GPs were somehow shirking their duty of care toward patients with learning disabilities, that they had refused to do annual health checks unless they were paid, indeed that the BMA had "demanded" the Government stump up the cash to offer them.

This is where we can soothe your jangled nerves. A quick call to a weary BMA spokeswoman ("We explained this quite clearly... it was a quite baffling conversation with the journalist") confirms what we so often see at Pulse towers; that the 'news' would have come as little surprise to our more observant readers.

The £100 'bonus' is in fact the learning disabilities DES we reported had been announced in September. One can only presume the DES was sanctioned after the results of successful pilots carried out in Wales, which we reported in March 2007.

We can't promise to save you from getting stressed about everything you read in the papers but we will do our best.

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