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Medication errors cost millions in pay-outs

GPs who were paid postgraduate education allowance in

arrears must insist primary care organisations make the

final quarterly payments this year, the GPC has said.

The instruction came after GPs in some areas complained PCOs had refused to honour claims for 2003/4 and were arguing the funds were included in the global sum.

Dr Cornel Fleming, a GP in north London, said his PGEA had always been paid in arrears but he was being denied payment for last year.

Solihull GP Dr Rodger Charlton said he was still being refused his claim and Dr Michael Taylor, chair of the Small Practices Association, said a handful of GPs had complained about non-payment.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said he believed problems were 'isolated' and the rules were clear on the issue. He said: 'You are entitled to your final arrears payment in the first quarter of 2004. If you have not been paid you are still entitled.'

Islington PCT said it had always made the payments in advance at the end of each quarter, but outstanding claims could still be settled.

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