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The waiting game

Protesting GPs go on minor injuries strike

In winning his legal fight to claim £3,000 unpaid PGEA money, Dr Cornell Fleming also won a victory for thousands of other GPs.

But it should not have been left to a single GP to lead this battle on behalf of the profession. That is supposed to be the GPC's job. But it has lamentably failed to support GPs.

Despite issuing guidance that clearly states PGEA was paid in arrears and final payments were due after April 1, 2004, the GPC has offered no support to GPs who were not paid.

And with its lukewarm response to the judgment, it appears to be more interested in putting GPs off claiming than backing them.

Perhaps negotiators are more worried about the potential impact on PCTs' budgets than GPs getting money that is rightfully theirs?

The GPC needs to get off the fence and offer unequivocal support to GPs who have not been paid their PGEA to help them win their case.

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