Minister warns MPIG will not be around forever

The MPIG could not be 'forever', according to health minister Lord Warner.

In keeping with recent DoH attempts to control spiralling financial deficits, Lord Warner told GP that the MPIG was a 'very large sum of money', which 'does not set real requirements on people'.

His comments come after health secretary Patricia Hewitt said that the MPIG prevented choice and competition in primary care and that the DoH would press the BMA for an end to it (GP, 23 June).

Lord Warner also said that GPs should consider opening for longer with no extra funding if patient surveys revealed demand.

- Full interview, page 14.

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