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GPs advised: snub appraisal

Manchester LMC has advised GPs at two primary care trusts in the city not to participate in appraisals because the scheme has not been properly funded.

North Manchester PCT is only paying for locums if the appraisal cannot be undertaken out of surgery time.

When its scheme begins in January GPs will have to use their protected learning time to prepare and the trust will provide only emergency cover for the time.

Central Manchester PCT has told GPs to prepare for their appraisal in their own time and to do the appraisal when they would not be seeing patients.

It describes its scheme as a pilot, but said there was no guarantee of full funding for appraisal after a review in

January. The LMC said 'fully funded' appraisals meant locums should be provided for both the appraisee's preparation and the appraisal itself.

Both trusts are only paying appraisers and not covering preparation time.

LMC honorary secretary Dr Peter Fink said GPs had no requirement to co-operate.

'Basically it's emergency visiting services cover that is being offered. That's not abiding by the agreement between the Department of Health and the GPC,' he said. 'It's an insult that time not spent on face-to-face contact is not valued and not worth replacing.'

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