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GPs are accusing PCTs of hoarding up to £1 million in enhanced services cash to pay off overspends on other services.

Only one out of nine PCTs in Kent is set to reach its spending floor, with one trust £1 million underspent ­ 30 per cent of its budget.

Dr Mike Parks, Kent LMC medical secretary, blamed the shortfall on 'overspends elsewhere'. He said: 'They want to use the money to cover that. There has been a lack of direction from the top. PCOs should be told by their bosses there should not be an underspend.'

Wessex LMCs said two of the area's 19 PCOs were deliberately underspending and had told GPs they could not afford to meet the floor.

Last week it emerged the GPC and the Government were considering plans for PCOs to shunt cash for enhanced services into next year, but only under if it was strictly ring-fenced.

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