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Vaccine pay: stem our losses now

The GPC is pressing the Government to make the agreed changes to the childhood vaccine pay rules immediately to prevent further losses in GP pay.

But negotiators have admitted they will not be able to secure reimbursements for money lost under the current rules, which came in last April.

The Government agreed to reinstate the original weighting of MMR vaccine in the target pay calculations after a Pulse campaign highlighted the disastrous impact of the rule change on practice income.

In a letter to Pulse, Lord Warner, Minister of State for NHS Delivery, said the Department of Health was negotiating with the GPC over when to introduce the changes.

Dr Andrew Dearden, GPC negotiator, said: 'Our position is [the amended calculation] should be introduced as soon as possible as the change was not negotiated. The latest would be April 2006 but we're pushing for it to start in January.'

But he admitted: 'It would be nigh on impossible to change SFE payments backwards.'

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