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GP furious as incentive pay is lost

Dr Jane Philip is furious after her practice missed out on a £5,000 prescribing incentive because its drug budget is set 15 per cent lower than a similar neighbouring practice.

Dr Philip said Hounslow PCT's policy of basing budgets on a historical spend from the early 1990s led to gross inequities between practices. Her practice, which overspent by 10 per cent, gets a £550,000 budget when a nearby practice with a similar number of patients receives £640,000.

'A prescribing adviser has been through our prescribing and only £1,000 or so of savings were remotely possible,' she said.

'Our huge efforts to treat to target on hypertension, diabetes and so on over the last two years especially has made things worse.'

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