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GPs prepare to launch legal action against GPFC over loan penalties

GPs could be putting enhanced service budgets in jeopardy through delays in billing PCOs for the work.

LMCs are warning that delays could hamper PCOs' ability to calculate future funding and are urging GPs to submit information on time.

Dr Gareth Hayes, medical secretary at Bro Taf LMC, said all four of the area's local health boards have reported late billing as a problem. He said: 'It helps them balance the books and it is in everyone's interest that this information gets to them on time.'

Under current rules for enhanced services, PCOs cannot roll over funding into next year, although the GPC wants tough new rules to allow them to do so with LMC approval. Around 80 PCOs are thought to be underspending.

Dr Tony Welch, Surrey and Sussex LMC's joint chief executive, said GPs were taking time to get used to the new system.

Dr Nigel Watson, Wessex LMCs chief executive, said the claiming system was more complex in some PCTs.

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