Letter: There is no deal on correction factor

Dear Editor

With regard to the front page story 'GMS correction factor to end' (GP, 13 January 2006), the headline is grossly misleading.

To set the record straight, there has been no departure from the original agreement that the principle of income protection would remain for as long as it is necessary and appropriate.

All that has been agreed is that we would seek to find a way to reduce the reliance upon MPIG, and that with sufficient resources, it should be possible to increase the global sum to a greater degree than correction factor.

However, there have been no negotiations on the detail of this or the timescale over which any potential changes might take place.

Any negotiations on this issue will be undertaken in the context of all other aspects of the review of the allocation formula, but the fundamental principle of guaranteeing practice income remains.

We expect you to give as much prominence to the correction of such a misleading story as you did to the original article.

Dr Barbara Hakin, chairwoman, NHS Employers Negotiating Team, NHS Employers; and

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chairman.

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