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Saturday surgery in global sum, says PCT

GPs have reacted angrily to a suggestion by a PCT that Saturday morning surgeries should be funded out of their global sum.

Colchester PCT director of primary care Carolyn Larsen wrote in an online forum for trust managers that 'it could be argued that funding for a Saturday morning surgery is within the global sum/global sum equivalent'.

She told Pulse the trust was considering a local enhanced service for GPs to open on Saturday mornings but may only pay a nominal amount as staff costs were covered in the global sum.

'All I'm saying is that a certain part of the cost relating to practice staff funding is in the global sum and that may have to be taken into account when funding Saturday morning surgery,' she said.

Dr Mike Lurkins, chair of Colchester LMC, said: 'Saturday morning is over and above what we do and is certainly not part of the global sum.'

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