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Reckoner boosts Scots pay hopes

GPs in Scotland have reported significant increases in their income under the new contract after they finally got to test the 'tartanised' ready-reckoner.

The rises of between 20 and 30 per cent on average come as a boost to negotiators' hopes of a Yes vote in the contract ballot.

Dr John Rankin, secretary of Forth Valley LMC and a GP in Stirling, said his five-partner practice would get an 8 per cent increase in gross income this year using the minimum practice income guarantee. This would rise to 23 per cent in 2004/5 based on getting 600 quality points.

'Under MPIG we are all a winner. I don't agree that MPIG will lock us into historic under-funding ­ it's a transitional payment,' he said.

Dr Dean Marshall, secretary of Lothian LMC and a GP in Glasgow, said his practice would receive 27 per cent more after three years under MPIG. 'It confirms reassurances given by the negotiators that when we worked it out we would do better,' he added.

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