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Out-of-hours opt-out may be damaging GP palliative care

GPs in London are following one of their colleague's lead and taking up the fight for unpaid PGEA.

A group of GPs in east London are are discussing a co-ordinated legal action if their PCTs refuse to pay them their PGEA claims.

The move came as Islington PCT paid Dr Cornel Fleming the £2,944 it owed him after he successfully proved he had been paid his PGEA in arrears.

Dr Arindam Rahman, a GP in Stratford, east London, and a member of Newham PCT's executive committee, said the vast majority of the GPs in his area had said they would sign up to an action.

He said: 'I have always maintained with my PCT that they have paid us in arrears. I've been to court before and won so I'm not frightened.'

Dr Peter Elliott, a GP in South Woodford, east London, said he expected to make a claim. He said: 'It does sound like there's a case to answer. It will spread, things like this usually do.'

Dr Fleming said he had had dozens of calls from GPs wanting to know how they should pursue claims. 'My phone hasn't stopped ringing.'

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