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Anger as leading GP urges PCT clampdown on practice spending

Dr Sam Everington has courted controversy by arguing in a BBC radio interview that PCTs should exert greater control over how GPs spend their income.

Dr Everington, BMA Council member and Government adviser, said on the Radio 4 programme You and Yours, that GPs had found it ‘difficult' to decide how much income should be invested in the first few years of the contract and advocated greater policing of GP income by PCTs.

‘There needs to be more focus and attention from PCTs on actually how much is being paid back, particularly in terms of nurses, phlebotomists and other employees of general practice,' he said.

In response to a question regarding whether increases in GP pay were justified, Dr Everington said the situation was variable round the country.

‘Some GPs can take that money but actually in our practice we have invested that money to employ more nurses and salaried doctors,' said Dr Everington, former deputy chair of the BMA.

GPC negotiator, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said more PCT scrutiny would be a retrograde step for GPs. ‘We got rid of the red book and negotiated the new contract precisely to obviate the need for bureaucratic management of GP practices,' he said.

Dr Sam Everington

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