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Executive puts brake on PMS in Scotland

The Scottish Executive has announced there will be no new PMS pilots north of the border.

The decision is seen by the GPC as giving strong support for the new GMS deal.

A letter to PMS GPs from Scottish Health Minister, Malcolm Chisholm, states the existing 100 pilot schemes will have to move to a permanent 'substantive statutory basis' when their contracts end, or return to GMS.

Dr Mary Church, joint Scottish GPC chair, said the executive differed from their English counterparts and viewed PMS as 'divisive' and a failure.

'There hasn't been the interest here in PMS,' said Dr Church, a GP in Blantyre, Lanarkshire.

'If they get more from

GPs by them being on the same contract then why create more distances between practices? Ministers here have seen

the divisiveness in England and have always been enthusiastic for the new GMS contract,' she said.

There are no PMS practices in Wales or Northern Ireland.

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