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LMCs vent fury at ministers and managers

Congratulations to Dr Cornel Fleming on winning his legal victory to claim his PGEA (News, February 26). For the past year I've been trying to get the 2003/4 PGEA for our practice – so far without success.

Our PCT has stated that payments have been paid up to March 2003 but that any further payments are included in the 'black hole' known as the global sum. The NHS Appeals Authority upheld the PCT's view.

Last month I sent all the correspondence to Dr Hamish Meldrum and have just had a reply that 'BMA advisers are looking into the matter'. This should have been looked into 10 months ago. I appreciate that last July's GPC guidance said we were entitled to the payment, but the GPC has been strangely silent on the issue ever since.

As the sum involved is worth about 50 points per GP, perhaps now is the time for all GPs to start a class action using Dr Fleming's victory as a precedent.

Dr Vic Bradbury

Brentwood, Essex

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