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Debt-ridden PCT puts GP appraisals on hold

A PCT has told GPs they will not be appraised this year because it has a £3 million deficit even though it has agreed fees for the scheme.

Bristol South and West PCT has trained four appraisers and had agreed to pay appraisers and appraisees £55 an hour.

It has given the reason as overspends from increased statin prescribing to meet national service framework targets and large overspends inherited from the former health authority.

Avon's five trusts are predicting a collective deficit of £12 million for primary care services, and £30 million including acute trust spending.

Dr Simon Bradley, director of LMC services for Avon LMC, said GPs were worried the decision could have an impact on their revalidation.

'If we have to have five appraisals how are we going to get enough in that time?,' he said.

Dr Neil Crichton, professional executive committee chair on the trust, said he could not even give a guarantee that appraisals would begin next year.

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