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NHS plan hits GPs' place at heart of primary care

GPs in Devon have stopped their PCT allocating some of its PMS growth money to GMS practices.

Exeter PCT had wanted to reallocate £90,500 out of £602,000 PMS growth funds to help two GMS practices in financial trouble. It also wanted to divert the cash to a new PMS practice in a 'difficult' area that would otherwise have received no growth.

But the plan was scuppered after Devon LMC told the trust health minister John Hutton had explicitly stated growth money could not be 'unpicked' ­ even after PMS contracts had ended.

LMC secretary Dr Peter Jolliffe said it was unacceptable that money practices had been expecting could be subsequently taken away. 'It's a victory for common-sense,' he said.

'I don't suppose anyone would have gone bust but they had employed people on the basis of having had this money in the first place.'

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