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We got sums right, retort angry GPs

GPs have reacted with incredulity to negotiators' suggestions that practices have not spent enough time calculating their predicted income using the BMA's online ready reckoner.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden queried whether anxious GPs at an Essex contract roadshow earlier this month had spent the necessary 'three hours' working out their income. He said they were 'not sums that could be done on the back of an envelope'.

Dr Penny Watson, a GP in Edinburgh, said her practice had followed the ready reckoner guidance carefully and still came out as a loser.

'These are serious people talking about their livelihoods for the next 20 years. Our practice manager spent several hours over it,' she said.

Dr Carola Bronte-Stewart, also a GP in Edinburgh, said her practice manager and finance partner drafted in their accountant to help them do the calculation.

'Other practices have all said they are losers too and I don't think they've done it in 10 minutes.'

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