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Outstanding PGEA pay: is anyone listening?

I was so grateful to read Dr Bradbury's letter (May 24) about our outstanding PGEA payment from the 1990 GMS contract. I have been attempting to claim this fee of £2,945 for several weeks without success and until now I felt like a voice crying in the wilderness.

I think it is worth reiterating my understanding regarding this issue for GPs who may wish to contact their PCO for clarification. The PGEA payments most GPs have been receiving until March 31, 2004, were for the previous year's PGEA claim (from April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2003).

Individual 'PGEA years' vary for GPs, but the majority are April to March. PGEA claims submitted just after March 31, 2003, for the PGEA year April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2003, have been paid quarterly until March 31, 2004.

The new contract global sum payment is prospective for ongoing PGEA/continuing professional development from April 1, 2004. The period which I and other GPs require reimbursement for is retrospective under the 1990 GP contract for April 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004. I believe PCOs should send GPs claim forms so they can request this payment and not lose out. I would be interested to learn of other GPs' experiences and find out how this issue can be resolved.

Dr Rodger Charlton



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