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PMS practices in pensions victory

Two PMS practices have won a battle to force their PCT to pay 14 per cent superannuation contributions.

The practices were the first of 19 in Worcestershire to lodge appeals with the Family Health Services Appeals Authority over the refusal of several trusts to pass on the money.

The PCTs insisted their PMS contracts included no requirement to give practices the superannuation money.

Dr Simon Parkinson, Worcestershire LMC secretary, said: 'Lots of GPs and PCTs have been arguing over whether PMS contracts say the PCT is liable for full superannuation.

'We've taken ours to [the FHSAA in] Harrogate and won but the PCT has not yet responded.'

Dr Parkinson said he understood lawyers from Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT, which was involved in the first two cases, had written to the FHSAA about its ruling.

Similar efforts by Avon LMC are still to be resolved. Avon LMC said a letter from the FHSAA regarding two test cases had confused matters further.

Steve Mercer, LMC chief executive, said: 'We'd have expected the system to have come down firmly to say the case is proved for the applicant or the PCT. At the moment it's still in limbo.'

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