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PCTs curb pay rumours

PCTs in Avon have moved to calm GPs' fears that they will be asked to forgo part of their quality achievement pay next year to help pay off the trusts' massive debts.

Avon LMC reported in its June newsletter that GPs feared they would be 'encouraged' not to claim their full entitlement.

The LMC said the fears stemmed from 'reliable gossip'. It has advised GPs to strongly resist any such moves.

Four of the five PCTs in the area including Bristol North and Bristol South and West said they had 'no plans' to ask GPs to forgo quality pay.

Dr Peter Brindle, a GP in Bristol, said he could not imagine any GP would part with hard-earned quality money 'to pay for someone else's administrative cock-up'.

He added: 'It is beyond all credibility.'

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