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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1484
  1. D N Bateman,
  2. M Campbell,
  3. S J Roberts,
  4. J M Smith,
  5. L J Donaldson
  1. Medical director Manager, prescribing unit Lecturer in medical statistics Regional pharmaceutical adviser Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre, Wolfson Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
  2. Professor of applied epidemiology Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR,—The proportion of practices achieving financial targets will depend on the target set and whether practices are specifically selected. Prescribing regulations in England and Wales now place a statutory obligation on health authorities to operate incentive schemes that are comprehensive and include all non-fundholding practices in a manner similar to the scheme in our study.1 2

    We agree with Philip Rutledge that incentive schemes …

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