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'PCOs will have to find cash for GP enhanced services'

The GPC has warned primary care organisations they would have to find money in their budgets for enhanced services in the contract.

Negotiators spoke out last week after hearing from GPs of how their PCOs had told them they had already allocated the money to hospitals.

Dr John Chisholm, GPC chair, said those organisations would have to redo their budgets to find the required money if they had marked it for secondary care.

'A lot of PCTs have not realised that they have already had the money,' he said. 'PCTs that think their plans have been signed off ­ they haven't been,' he said.

Strategic health authorities would veto any budget which did not include provision for enhanced services, he added.

PCOs were given £315 million by the Government in last year's comprehensive spending review to provide national and directed enhanced services, including minor surgery and schemes for violent patients.

GPC deputy joint-chair, Dr Simon Fradd, told GPs in Kent that he had heard 'all sorts of rumours' from GPs that PCOs were telling them there was no money for enhanced services.

If we vote for this contract they're going to have to pay for it

and take it out of the hospital budget~

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