GPs facing cuts win reprieve

Practices in Cambridgeshire facing 25 per cent cuts to their budgets as part of the PCT's financial recovery plan have won a reprieve.

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire PCTs announced last week that the plan to slash practice budgets was 'no longer being pursued'.

The combined PCTs proposed to reduce budgets for the most expensive practices to the average for the area.

Nine of the 15 most expensive practices per patient in the area are PMS, but the most expensive practice is GMS.

Dr Guy Watkins, chief executive of Cambridgeshire LMC, objected that the proposed cuts were 'unlawful and irrational'.

'We have received comments from practices and the LMC,' a spokesman for the PCTs confirmed. 'This is no longer being pursued by the PCTs in 2006/7.'

The PCTs are continuing with discussions over their plans to cut £732,000 from the primary care budget by abolishing some local enhanced services and reducing the payments to GPs for others.

Under the plans, the minor injury consultation rate would be cut by 50 per cent to £17.50 and rates for near-patient testing and anti-coagulation would drop by 30 per cent.

Cash for flexible careers and maternity cover would be cut to 'average historic' levels.

Dr Watkins said that the LMC was canvassing views on which enhanced services would go if the funding was cut.

He was 'sympathetic' to the PCTs' plight in facing a deficit of almost £28 million, but was concerned that their recovery plans appeared to derive from financial calculations.

'We are pleased that the PCT will give the board a financial risk assessment,' said Dr Watkins.

prisca.middlemiss@haynet.com.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Three people stabbed at East London GP practice

Three people stabbed at East London GP practice

Three people were stabbed at a GP practice in East London on Wednesday morning, police...

Practices face £50,000 pension cost hike under plan to raise employer contribution to 20.6%

Practices face £50,000 pension cost hike under plan to raise employer contribution to 20.6%

GP practices could face a five-figure hike in pension costs under plans to increase...

What medico-legal challenges will GPs face in 2019?

What medico-legal challenges will GPs face in 2019?

The MDU's head of advisory services, Dr Caroline Fryar, predicts which medico-legal...

GP practices providing online consultations doubled in 12 months, survey suggests

GP practices providing online consultations doubled in 12 months, survey suggests

The proportion of GP practices in England providing online consultations has almost...

Dr Nikita Kanani: Why peer support is the key to building a stronger general practice

Dr Nikita Kanani: Why peer support is the key to building a stronger general practice

NHS England's acting director of primary care Dr Nikita Kanani says connecting with...

Next-day GP appointments three times as likely to be missed as same-day bookings

Next-day GP appointments three times as likely to be missed as same-day bookings

Patients are nearly three times as likely to miss appointments booked with GP practices...