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GPs in Basildon have accused their PCT of deliberately stymieing their efforts to kick-start practice-based commissioning.
A group of nine practices say their business case was 'snubbed' because Basildon PCT has set up a a scheme to manage long-term conditions in which it keeps half of any savings.
Practices should be able to keep all of the savings they make through practice-based commissioning.
Dr Brian Balmer, Essex LMC chair, said he had relayed the GPs' concerns to the strategic health authority.
'It's a PCT-led way of controlling demand,' he said. 'My worry is that they think that's all practice-based commissioning should be.'
A spokesman for Basildon PCT insisted the scheme was not an alternative to practice-based commissioning.
He said: 'We are fully supportive of their interest in moving to practice-based commissioning and are trying to facilitate it.'