Negligence cost is rocketing
The Department of Health is ordering PCTs to take a tough line over GPs' claims for unpaid PGEA.
Officials have told trusts they believe there is no 'residual entitlement' to PGEA and that Dr Cornel Fleming's victory does not set a precedent.
GPs have also been told by PCTs they plan to wait for doctors to take legal action as it is cheaper to fight individual cases than pay out across the board.
Dr Peter Skolar, a GP in central London, said a PCT manager had told him trusts had been instructed to ignore claims, not to pay and wait for GPs to take the issue to court.
He said he would still make a 'stalking horse' claim and take legal action using Dr Fleming's lawyer. He said: 'I'll be putting a claim in let's see what happens.'