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GP contract £160m overspend

4th July 2008

A report by Audit Scotland has revealed that General Medical Services in Scotland cost £160 million more than had been allocated during its first three years.

The Auditor General, Robert Black, said that there had been insufficient planning for implementing the new GP contract, due to a lack of available data on primary care and an underestimation of the cost of the contract. Much of the additional cost came from implementing an incentive payment scheme for the quality of care.

 

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