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Gold, incentives and meh

GPs unlikely to get control of budgets

Dr Neil McNeil believes he will be able to recoup £50,000 he invested in a minor surgery unit after his PCT increased its cap on procedures at his practice.

He has now been commissioned for around 100 procedures a year, up from 13. The work will bring in an extra £8,000.

Dr McNeil said if the cap had been maintained the income 'would not have covered lighting costs'.

'I'm really quite chuffed,' he said. 'At one stage I thought I had spent money on a minor surgery white elephant.'

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