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GP registrars in Wales are still waiting for their pay rise from local health boards ­ nine months after it was awarded.

Dr Neil Statham, a GP trainer in Newport, Gwent, said the problem was already affecting recruitment to Welsh practices.

He said: 'It's just ludicrous ­ either somebody's incompetent or they're withholding the money.'

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of GPC Wales, said it was the Welsh Assembly's responsibility to 'force local health boards' to pay the proper rate.

'If local health boards do not pay GP registrars I will be naming and shaming them,' he warned.

GPs also 'deplored' the Welsh Assembly Government for failing to offer funding and guidance for parental leave and sickness pay.

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