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PMS surgeries warned to expect financial backlash

PMS surgeries have been warned to expect further clawbacks following a third successive pay freeze for most GMS practices.

The DDRB recommended a 2.7% rise in the global sum but no increase in funding for the MPIG – meaning a third successive pay freeze for the nine out of ten practices relying on MPIG.

Although the freeze does not directly affect locally negotiated PMS contracts, Bob Senior, vice-chair of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) and partner at Southampton accountants, Tenon, said it woudl inevitably have a knock on impact.

He said: ‘If local PCT negotiations were to see PMS baseline contracts increasing at a time when 90% of GMS contracts have been frozen, then questions would doubtless be asked.'

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