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Minister unveils contract plans for PMS GPs

Health minister John Hutton is to step up the Government's drive to entice GPs to switch to PMS by

giving them all of the benefits of the new GMS contract and more, Pulse has learned.

In a speech to the National Association of Primary Care this week,

he will confirm PMS GPs will get

an average of £3,000 each in

quality preparation payments in

October.

PMS practices will also be able to ditch out-of-hours for the same £6,000 cost as GMS GPs and charge national enhanced services pay rates for their existing work.

Mr Hutton is also set to tell PMS GPs they can keep their existing growth money, bid for resources to provide services currently done by primary care organisations and take on more secondary care work.

PMS GPs will not have to work to the same quality and outcomes framework as their GMS peers and will be able to negotiate local arrangements with their PCO.

Dr Peter Smith, chair of the National Association of Primary Care and a PMS GP in Kingston, Surrey, said PMS practices will get the same rewards for quality.

'The quality framework will be up to local discretion. The points process will be different but they will get an equivalent amount overall ­ a fair amount compared with GMS.'

Dr Sam Everington, a PMS GP in Tower Hamlets, east London, welcomed the opportunity to bid for some services currently provided by PCTs.

'We are desperately in need of interpreting services. The PCT has an advocacy service and the budget and we want to access that resource on a level playing field. Then we could provide that service in house.'

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