Surgeries unite to fight new PMS contract plans

Suffolk LMC has praised local practices for working together to delay changes to their PMS contracts.

Practices in Suffolk now have over six months to negotiate with their PCT over the introduction of performance-related pay for practice-based commissioning (PBC). The revised contracts would have been in place by March 2007 if the plans had not been contested.

Later dates in July and October have also been pushed back, and Suffolk LMC now wants to make the contract changes by 31 March 2008.

Dr Simon Rudland, a GP at StowHealth in Suffolk, said: ‘We have spoken together as a united voice against the new PMS con-tracts, allowing individuals to preserve their relationships with the PCT.’ Dr Rudland added that he was ‘delighted’ that the PCT had listened to negotiators and concerns nationally.

Dr Richard Vautrey, a GPC negotiator, warned that PMS contracts across England could be re-worked in the same way.

‘We know that a lot of PCTs are being strongly encouraged to change PMS contracts.’

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