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GP contract settlement under threat

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:10
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    Proposed revisions to the family doctors' national contract in the United Kingdom could be jeopardised if GPs and the government fail to reach an agreement on pensions.

    The full costs of the current GP contract, which took effect in 2004, are not yet known. But interim figures indicate that the hike in GPs' income from the NHS—currently averaging £83,500 ($144,393; €121,490)—is likely to be substantially higher than the projected 30%, sparking alarm in the treasury about the knock-on effect on doctors' pension funds.

    Details of the hard fought package of proposals for the revised contract were announced …

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