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Sickness payments haven't disappeared

Dr Peter Saul is wrong when he states that the old payments for sickness have disappeared with the Red Book (Features, April 19). As repeated in the GPC's 'Contract News' of April: 'The global sum (or MPIG) is only part of practices' income. In addition, practices will receive income from other sources including PCO-administered payments (eg, for maternity or sickness absence).'

It is imperative readers understand this before they sign up to unnecessarily expensive policies.

Dr Jonathan Bernstein

Wembley, north London

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