Hakin insists MPIG will be phased out

NHS Employers' lead negotiator Dr Barbara Hakin is standing by a letter she wrote to PCTs in December detailing plans to 'phase out' the MPIG.

In a letter to GP this week Dr Hakin said the letter was 'based on a draft letter of agreement between NHS Employers and the GPC'. Dr Hakin said the situation had been clarified by a joint statement issued by GPC and NHS Employers at the end of last month.

GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum this week said concerns about the letter were now 'water under the bridge'.

But NHS Employers has not made public details of a reply Dr Hakin wrote to the GPC following a statement it published criticising her letter to PCTs.

The statement said Dr Hakin was 'mistaken' in writing that negotiations under the 2006/7 GMS contract review were concluded. It added that she had created misunderstanding over the MPIG's future and that the GPC had not agreed that 'future increases in the global sum would be negated by an equal reduction in the value of the correction factor'.

nick.bostock@haynet.com

- Letters, page 19.

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