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Independents' Day

Ministers get autumn date for PMS answers

The BMA has set the Government a deadline of September to clarify the arrangements for PMS GPs who want to return to GMS.

The association also called for the Department of Health to inform the GPC by the same date whether PMS practices put on a 'mainstream statutory basis' will have a permanent option to return to GMS at any time.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum, proposing motions on PMS to the annual representatives meeting, said health minister John Hutton did not go far enough in his letter to PMS practices last month and must promise equal treatment for all GPs.

He said: 'We want more than clarification ­ we want cast-iron assurances that PMS and GMS will be treated alike in terms of funding, opportunities to innovate, contractual options and real choice.'

BMA representatives also demanded an end to unfairness in allocation of growth money to PMS practices while GMS practices lost out.

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