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Why does the DH find it so difficult to solve GP funding issues?

The government has access to clever people, so why will it take so long to change the Carr-Hill formula to take account of deprivation, asks Laurence Slavin.

In The Imitation Game Keira Knightly completes the Times cryptic crossword in less than 12 minutes, and solves an Enigma cipher in less than six.

I know it is only a movie, but such brains do exist, and government departments must have access to them. So you have to ask why it will take the NHS until April 2016 to work out a new deprivation formula for GPs' global funding?

It is even simpler than you think, because the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body sets out what GPs should earn, so surely the difference between GPs' expenses and the income they earn from other sources must be the global sum.

On the positive side, practices facing the loss of the MPIG will have only suffered two years of reduction. However, if there is acceptance that the global sum formula does not work and for two years has underpaid practices, will the government compensate the affected practices for the losses in those two years? I certainly think it should.

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