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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Bid to combat the 'horror story' of enhanced services

The GPC has been instructed to negotiate an inflationary rise in enhanced services funding for next year.

GPs branded enhanced services a 'horror story', and also voted in favour of funds being ringfenced to stop PCTs using the cash to plug budget deficits.

Enhanced services floors were frozen this year and many PCTs failed to spend their allocated funding.

Dr Jonathan Freedman of Hertfordshire LMC said GPs felt let down by the GPC's efforts on enhanced services. His PCT had underspent on them by £500,000, he added.

GPs agreed that PCTs had been negligent in their use of enhanced services and demanded they should be legally required to spend to the enhanced services floor.

The vote came despite a warning from GPC member Dr Chaand Nagpaul that achieving a legal obligation would be 'extremely difficult'.

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