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Outcry at latest plan to ease GP workload

GPs could be missing out on enhanced services money because they are bogged down in contract administration, LMCs are warning.

Kent LMC said fewer than half of the practices in Dartford PCT had claimed for services including minor surgery and anticoagulation monitoring by the end of the second quarter. Some had not even returned service level agreements, meaning PCTs were holding back money. A spokeswoman for the LMC said workload may be the problem. 'If you are due it you need to claim it,' she added.

Dr Tony Welch, joint chief executive of West Sussex, Kingston and Richmond, east and west Surrey and Croydon LMCs, said several practices had not logged their monthly activity and were in danger of missing payments.

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