PCT debts likely to be written off

New GP consortia will not have to take on PCT debts, with these costs likely to be completely written off by the government.

A GP with links to the government said it is increasingly likely that consortia won’t take on any PCT debts when they set up in shadow form.  

The GP said that if new organisations were saddled with debts it would be impossible for them to function properly.

Last week, GP reported that a deal was being worked through to ensure GPs do not inherit the full weight of PCT debts. But now it has been confirmed that it is unlikely that GPs will take on any debt when they are set up.

It was also revealed that the management allowance is going to be ‘sufficient to do the job’ and that the government’s reform would pose no threat to GP’s independent contractor status.

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