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Seniority pay put on hold until December

GPs face being drip fed their pay rise into next year after it was revealed seniority payments will not be made until December at the earliest because of Government delays.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Simon Fradd said the Department of Health had claimed it could not make the award at the end of this month alongside quality preparation payments and pay arrears backdated to April 2003.

'We are not satisfied and have asked for clarification,' he said. 'The agreement has not changed, and the Government has had full knowledge of this for months. This is our money and the Government has a responsibility to get mechanisms in place.'

GPs with 25 years service are due to get £7,400, with £8,600 paid for 30 year's service, and over £9,000 for more than 35 years' service.

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