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Anger at PMS powers

The GPC is demanding PMS practices are only allowed to add markers to the quality framework if they try to negotiate a local variation of it with their primary care trust.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said it would 'make a mockery' of the framework if the new powers for PMS GPs' meant they could ditch some markers.

Health minister John Hutton recently announced plans for PMS practices to negotiate a local variation of the quality framework with their PCT, but has not revealed what freedom PMS GPs will have.

Dr Meldrum said: 'If Mr Hutton is going to say some practices can vary it on a whim then that makes a mockery of it. Diabetes in Barnsley is the same in Bridgewater. They have got to show that what is being done is equitable.'

The GPC is to seek a guarantee on how the framework would operate in PMS.

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