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GPs in list row battle PCT for lost day's pay

GPs at a surgery that opened on April 1 without having signed its new GMS contract have accused their PCT of holding back their pay for the day's work.

The GPs at the Bloom Street surgery in Manchester had refused to sign their contract with Central Manchester PCT because of a dispute over whether the practice could close its list.

The practice was told to close on April 2 but reopened on April 3, having signed the contract, after the trust allowed it to keep its list closed.

Dr Barbara Allen, a GP at the practice, claimed the PCT still owes them money for work on April 1 and the following day.

Dr Allen said: 'We still worked and as far as we are concerned we are still owed money, but we are not sure we are going to get it.'

A PCT spokeswoman said it intended to pay the GPs, but in doing so would be acting contrary to guidance on the issue. 'Our understanding is that PCTs under the new GMS contract can't make payments to GP practices with whom they do not have a contract relationship,' she said.

The practice is the only one in Manchester city centre. It has six-and-a-half GPs handling 13,000 patients.

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