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The GPC has pledged to press for a Government

U-turn to safeguard this year's vaccine pay after LMCs reacted angrily to changes in uptake calculations.

Under the new rules, pay will be calculated on just two vaccines rather than four, leaving GPs with low MMR uptake facing losses of thousands.

LMCs claimed they had been 'conned' and attacked the GPC for not warning them after the change was revealed in Pulse. They said GPs might opt out of childhood vaccination if hard work was not rewarded.

The rule change is included in the new statement of financial entitlement, but the GPC insisted it was not too late to force a Government climbdown.

Dr Mary Church, GPC negotiator, said: 'You get less under the new system because MMR is more difficult to achieve. We are continuing to negotiate over how the payments are divided to correct that.'

LMCs criticised the GPC for its role in the negotiations.

Dr Adrian Richardson, a member of Brent LMC, said: 'We shouldn't have signed the contract with the system we have.'

Dr Robert Morley, joint executive secretary of Birmingham LMC, said: 'It should have been brought to our attention but there was a deafening silence. We've been conned. If it is obvious practices are missing targets, a lot of GPs will say hang this and opt out of the service.'

Liverpool LMC is considering submitting a motion to the LMC conference in June demanding a reversal of the rule change.

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