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GPC plans legal action over staff cash

GPs have accused NHS managers in Northern Ireland of 'missing the point' after they defended their controversial decision to stop reimbursing practices for new staff.

The GPC is considering taking legal action to force health and social services boards to continue to meet the cost of staff practices took on

after June 2003 when they were awarded extra funding.

Health boards have argued that the statement of fees and entitlements states practices' global sum is only a 'contribution' towards staff costs and PCOs can choose 'where appropriate' not to fund extra

staff taken on after the baseline year.

Dr Brian Dunn, GPC Northern Ireland chair, said it would be difficult for boards to argue the funding was now inappropriate. 'Practices have sent me letters from boards saying this was recurrent funding,' he said. 'We are also looking at legal advice on ''breach of promise''.'

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