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'Unethical' PCT plans under attack

By Gareth Iacobucci

Up to half a million patients could be left without GP care in Suffolk if the PCT continues to press for ‘unethical' PMS contract changes, according to the GPC.

Dr Philip Evans, a GP in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and GPC member, said PCT plans to link 4% of core funding to PCT-led targets would be ‘unethical to accept', and would have a negative impact on patient care and services.

Last month, Pulse reported that 46 PMS practices in the county had won a temporary reprieve against the PCT, with negotiations on contract reworkings currently suspended until March 2008. Dr Evans added: ‘If we refuse to accept the contract, GP services to half a million people would cease.'

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said that PCTs around the country were employing similar tactics in a bid to renegotiate contracts, and said that many were now contacting GPs individually in an attempt to pick them off.

He said: ‘The message to all PMS colleagues is that nobody should be accepting individual attempts to pick you off. You should be working collectively with your LMC.'

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