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PCTs abandon appraisals

Two primary care trusts have stopped GP appraisals for the rest of the financial year in an effort to stave off potential deficits.

Maidstone Weald and South Kent PCTs insisted the move was temporary and would not affect GPs' revalidation or quality framework scores.

But Kent LMC has complained to Kent and Medway strategic health authority that the move is a clear breach of the contract regulations.

LMC clerk David Barr said: 'The PCTs are clearly abandoning a requirement to provide an appraisal.'

Mr Barr said the LMC was writing to every GP covered by Maidstone Weald and South Kent PCTs urging those who had not had an appraisal to approach their PCT and ask for one.

A PCT spokeswoman confirmed the PCTs were rescheduling outstanding GP appraisals to help achieve financial balance.

Speaking on behalf of Maidstone Weald and South West Kent PCTs, South West Kent PEC chair Dr James Thallon said the LMC and the GMC had been consulted and many of the remaining appraisals were being scheduled for April and May.

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