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LMC drafts warning over free GP work

Kent LMC has drafted a model letter for GPs to send

to their primary care trust if they provide an enhanced service that has not been commissioned.

Medical secretary Dr Gary Calver said the letter was designed to tell PCTs the amount of work GPs were doing for free and why they needed to set up an enhanced service.

The letter stated no free work will be provided beyond the end of June and added that the GP was not setting a precedent by carrying out the service for nothing.

The letter reads: 'Today I have performed a service for a patient which is not covered by my existing contract. I have performed this as a ''good Samaritan'', not wishing the patient to suffer.'

Kent LMC said GPs could also invoice their trust for the amount they believe it cost them to provide the service as a one-off.

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