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GPs condemn plan to transfer core work

PCOs could be shortchanging GPs on childhood immunisations by refusing to pay retrospective payments on top of advance sums, warns Dr Lisa Silver.

The contract changeover from retrospective reimbursement to payments up front has caused confusion among PCOs, with some arguing GPs are not entitled to both lots of money.

'On September 30 this year GPs should have received one payment for immunisations done in the first quarter of this year,' Dr Silver explained.

But many PCTs were refusing to make another payment GPs should have received at the same time for work to be done in the last quarter of this year.

Dr Silver added: 'Their argument does not hold water and I think many of them are deeply confused.'

Dr Silver, a GP in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, urged GPs to double-check they received all the money they were owed.

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