DDRB failed fully to understand MPIG

The DDRB did not fully understand the need for MPIG when it recommended that core pay rises should cut correction factors, a GPC negotiator has said.

Dr Holden told last week's LMCs conference: 'There has been an admission it may not have fully understood the issue.'

He later told GP: 'I don't think it understood the consequences of it. A lot of people think that MPIG was a bung. It is not a bung, it is a necessity.'

Dr Holden said most DDRB members 'pre-dated' the contract. 'They need to understand the history of the contract and the MPIG,' he said. Relations with the DDRB were 'fragile', but the GPC was working to resolve these concerns, he added.

The DoH has yet formally to respond to the BMA's legal challenge over cuts to correction factors that mean over 90 per cent of practices will receive no increase in income this year.

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