GPC warns patient survey appeals could 'drag on'

The GPC has warned patient survey appeals and talks on funding for prevalence losers could 'drag on all year'.

GPs hoping to recover cash from the disputed patient survey results, or negotiating financial support after changes to the prevalence formula, should expect to wait 'quite some time,' warned GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey.

Of the PCTs that were failing to organise funding for practices losing heavily under the changes to the prevalence formula, Dr Vautrey said: 'Those who were reluctant are less reluctant.'

The GPC was criticised at June's LMCs conference for leaving practices to negotiate 'local solutions for national problems'. Motions at the two-day event in central London also called for an end to the complex funding formula that had created 'winners and losers'.

Dr Vautrey said discussions with PCTs were ongoing, and added that the changes to the prevalence formula would not affect practices until the next financial year.

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