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Where's the money?

GPs left hanging on for vital pay details as GPC is forced to present just contract's bare bones after deadline chaos

Pensions GPC defeated. Government refuses to listen to its demands to increase accrual rate and bring pension in line with consultants. page 2

Resources Average GP to get an extra 33 per cent in resources as Government pumps in £2 billion, but there will be some losers. page 2

Out-of-hours Most GPs are planning to opt out after the contract fixes the price at just £6,000.

GPs must be able to opt-out by end of 2004.

Rural GPs to get extra help. page 3

Quality One-third of GP income to come via quality framework. GPs scored against a 1,000-point scale to determine how much they get. page 4

Access Compromise deal means access is a voluntary target in the quality framework. GPs get an extra 50 points if they want to sign up. page 4

Allocations GPs may still be given forced allocations. Primary care organisations can refuse GP demands to close lists, but decisions have to be made by senior managers and GPs can appeal. page 7

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