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CAMHS won't see you now

Trust announces it will pay GP appraisers just £120

GPs in the West Midlands are to

receive just £120 for their appraisals.

The rate paid by Dudley South PCT is one of the lowest in the country. Appraisers are to get £300.

Dr Nick Plant, chair of the professional executive committee of the trust, admitted the figure was low. He added that it had been caused by prescribing overspends from complying with NSFs and that the trust expected to raise the rate next year.

'We are not exactly happy with the levels of funding we have put forward,' said Dr Plant, a GP practising in Kingswinford.

'Given that our PCT is heading for a large overspend on prescribing we did not feel in the current year that we could increase amounts. But we will seek to raise it.'

GPs in other areas of the country have been awarded between £500 and £600, while GPs in Scotland have been given funding which will pay £315 to each GP involved.

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