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Two options for PMS GPs' quality payments

PMS practices will either get less money per quality point or have a threshold imposed before they can start earning

under proposals to implement the framework for PMS GPs.

The two options are the leading contenders in GPC and Department of Health talks to ensure equity between PMS and GMS GPs. PMS practices already receive some of the quality money in their current contracts.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said he favoured calculating how much PMS GPs' income overlapped with quality payments, then setting a threshold after which practices could earn points.

Andreas Lambrianou, a director of consultancy Pricare, which has drawn up around a quarter of PMS contracts, said it would be easier to cut the £75 pay for each quality point.

'They want to be measuring people using the same reports. In my view it's the easiest way,' he said.

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