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PCT ups GP incentives

A PCT has upgraded incentive payments to practices following protests from GPs.

Sutton and Merton PCT in Surrey improved its prescrib-ing incentives after GPs said drug budgets were set at levels that failed to reflect the true cost of prescribing.

GPs also complained that the trust's clinical governance scheme offered 'tiny payments for silly things'.

In a letter to GPs, the trust said it would be adjusting the incentive scheme to reward high-quality prescribing and simplifying its clinical govern-ance incentive scheme to take account of NICE guidance and national service frameworks.

Dr Robin Mulcahy, a GP in Wimbledon, south-west London, said : 'No one believes in our PCT any more. There's general disenchantment, a lack of proper communication, and they don't listen to us.'

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