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PMS GPs with contracts drawn up by the BMA's law firm Lockharts have been urged to press their PCTs for thousands of pounds worth of pension contributions.

The Lockharts contract requires trusts to increase baseline funding to cover GPs' employer contributions, but many have failed to do so.

Practices in some areas have successfully taken action against PCTs over the money, but many others are still owed.

Paul Kendall, a partner with Cumbria-based Dodd & Co accountants, said around half of his PMS clients might have shortfalls in contributions. He said: 'We are talking thousands. It's happening around the UK.'

Dr Andrew Dearden, chair of the BMA's pensions committee, said GPs should get used to taking legal action against PCTs 'frequently and regularly', as trusts would not hesitate to do so in return if a practice was at risk. 'I would encourage all GPs to ensure their PCO sticks to the contract it signed,' he said.

'If that means taking legal action every week that's what we do until they learn what a contract with a GP means.'

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