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Practice wins PCT pension cash fight

A PMS practice has won a court battle to force its PCT to pay 'missing' superannuation money.

The BMA confirmed that a practice had successfully dem-onstrated it was still owed 14 per cent employer contributions and that its PCT was obliged to fund it.

It said other practices with firm evidence that they had not been paid the money could consider legal action.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said the case was 'good news for the practice' but could not be regarded as a test case because of the locally-based nature of PMS contracts. He said: 'It can't be negotiated nationally because whether or not a practice is entitled depends on the individual contract.'

Details of the case emerged as Avon LMC revealed it had given its PCTs until 31 January to establish whether they had actually put the money for superannuation into GPs' baseline budgets.

Steven Mercer, chair of Avon LMC, said the LMC would consider forming a six-figure 'fighting' fund from PMS practices that wanted to pursue legal options if the PCTs did not relent.

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