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Ulster GPs are promised £45m

GPs in Northern Ireland have been guaranteed investment totalling £45 million over the next three years if they accept the new contract.

Des Browne, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pledged the money would be spent on GMS.

He said: 'I am committed to ensuring the necessary resources are available to effect implementation of the contract.'

GPs in the province feared they would not get their share of the extra cash promised through the contract because increases in health funding in the rest of the UK do not have to be spent on health care in Northern Ireland.

Dr Brian Dunn, secretary of the Northern LMC, said: 'It's made us a lot more positive about the contract.'

Dr Raymond Givan, a GP in Ballymena, County Antrim, said all GPs would be willing to give up out-of-hours responsibility after it was priced at £6,000. Most GPs would vote Yes on that basis, he added.

Dr David Johnson, a GP in Cullybackey, Country Antrim, feared delays in getting the priced contract out to GPs meant parts might not be implemented on April 1.

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