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Pay threat PCTs back down

A group of PCTs that threatened not to pay GPs in March because of multi-million pound deficits have backed away from the plan.

The suggestion by East Suffolk PCTs had led a practice in Stowmarket to threaten to close for the entire month because it could not continue to operate on goodwill alone.

Dr John Havard, a GP at the practice, said it would now continue as normal: 'Our view was that this was clutching at straws and for them to break the contractual arrangements with us would have been a minefield.'

A spokeswoman for the trusts said the threat was 'never a proposal ­ it was only ever an outside possibility'.

She added: 'We had to make sure that we had external sources of help. That was confirmed at the end of January.'

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