Family GPs could earn an extra £27,000 per year once a swine flu vaccination programme is in place, it has been claimed.
The report in the Daily Mail claims that doctors were yesterday trying to finalise a deal which could see them paid £7.51 for every jab they give to patients. The average GP has 1,800 patients and each patient will need two doses of vaccine.
Doctors are also negotiating with ministers over their performance-related pay, and want assurances that they will not miss out on bonuses even if they have to cancel routine check-ups due to swine flu pressures.
GPs are likely to find out in several weeks if their demands have been met.