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PCT unpicking PMS GPs' contracts to tune of £30k

PMS GPs are having their contracts unpicked as part of PCTs' desperate efforts to save money.

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire PCT has set out three options to reduce funding to its PMS practices which could strip GPs of £30,000 a year.

Dr Guy Watkins, Cambridgeshire LMC chief executive officer, said the move directly contravened a promise made in 2003 by former health minister John Hutton that PMS GPs would not have their contracts unpicked.

The LMC is to hold an emergency meeting this week on the plans, which also include more than a £1 million of cuts to enhanced services and sickness and maternity pay.

Dr Watkins said: 'It feels like the PCT is saying GPs are part of the problem, not the solution. These plans are putting patient care at risk.'

Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC deputy chair, said he knew of two other areas where similar 'unpicking' of PMS contracts was in the pipeline.

He said: 'You cannot just have your contract unilaterally amended like that. It requires a legal review.'

The PCT has said the cuts are needed because its primary care spending was 18 per cent more than the county average.

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