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GPs urged: be patient over your PGEA claim

The GPC is advising GPs that any problems getting their postgraduate education allowance for 2003/4 from their primary organisation are 'a temporary misunderstanding'.

The advice comes after a number of GPs complained PCOs were refusing to reimburse their PGEA, claiming it was included in the global sum.

Dr Rodger Charlton, a GP in Solihull, said he had made repeated attempts to claim for PGEA funds without success. 'I have been trying to lodge a claim since well before March 31 and it's now been passed to the director of primary care at the PCT.

'A lot of PCTs are trying to make out that it's part of the global sum but it's a retrospective claim,' he said.

Solihull PCT confirmed it would not be paying the PGEA.

The new GMS contract states that only PGEA money after April 1, 2004, is subsumed into the global sum.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said any confusion was temporary. 'It's not too late – GPs have up to six years to claim,' he added.

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