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Over 1,200 GPs use GMS return ticket

More than 1,000 GPs turned their backs on PMS during the run up to the new contract, Government figures show.

The statistics released last week revealed 1,239 GPs transferred from PMS to GMS in 2002/3 compared with just 151 in the previous year.

But the figure was dwarfed by 4,042 GMS GPs who moved to PMS, a rise of 65 per cent. Some 41 per cent of GPs

now work under PMS contracts.

GPC joint-deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum ­ a PMS GP ­ said there was a level playing field financially between PMS and GMS, but practices may see some advantages in switching.

'I have always held the view there has been a considerable degree of convergence and so the argument of how many are in GMS becomes less relevant.'

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