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'Ridiculous' access targets force GPs to restrict bookings

The Government has admitted the data it used to work out the controversial cash to accruals factor is 'of poor quality' but is refusing to change the calculation.

GPs stand to lose £500 each as a result of applying the factor of 0.9956 to the income they received in 2002/3 to convert it to accruals ­ the amount they were due.

The factor is normally one or higher.

The Department of Health said it would be too complicated to change the factor halfway through the year.

But GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the simplest solution would be to use a factor of one, so the figures would stay the same.

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