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GPs withdraw their PMS bids

Dozens of GPs have withdrawn their PMS applications at the eleventh hour in order to stick with the new GMS contract, a Pulse investigation shows.

Figures from 14 of the 28 strategic health authorities in England showed half of GPs in some areas decided not to pursue their PMS applications shortly before last week's deadline for the 5b wave.

Overall, 16 per cent fewer applications were recorded by the authorities for the wave in October than for 5a in April.

Of eight applications in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, five practices withdrew.

Three out of seven applicants in South West Peninsular strategic health authority withdrew and four out of seven pulled out in South Yorkshire.

Four practices in Castle Point and Rochford PCT in Essex also pulled out.

Dr Brian Balmer, Essex LMC secretary, said the tide had turned against PMS. 'This is the first wave where GPs had a viable alternative,' he said.

Liz Holt, policy lead for PMS at Cumbria and Lancashire health authority, said a practice in the area that withdrew had applied for PMS

only as a fallback.

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