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PCT's U-turn on £1m cuts

A PCT which had threatened to cut up to £250,000 from its PMS practices' budgets in a desperate bid to save cash appears to be backing down.

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire PCT claimed the measure, clearly stated in a letter to GPs (Pulse, 25 May), was 'just one of a range of potential options for discussion'.

PMS GPs would be stripped of up to £30,000 a year each if the plans, which amount to unpicking the GPs' contracts, go ahead.

The plan was part of a £1 million-plus package of cuts also covering enhanced services and sickness and maternity pay.

Speaking after an emergency meeting with the trust last week, Dr Guy Watkins, chief

executive officer of Cambridge-shire LMC, said it had had 'some luck' in negotiating with the PCT. Dr Watkins said: 'It has now indicated these "options" may not turn into proposals.

'However, the local profession is still concerned about the lack of proper consultation and the effect on patient care.'

A spokeswoman for the PCT said: 'No decision has been made yet regarding the recent communication sent to practices which included a reference to PMS baseline budgets.'

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