PMS budget cuts capped at 3%

PMS practices facing closure in Northumberland have been saved thanks to a 'breakthrough' in their contract negotiations.

Budget cuts will be capped at 3 per cent for 2008/9 from April.

Some local GPs claimed that they did not receive support from the BMA during the talks. Certain practices faced closure after Northumberland Care Trust announced proposals to cut PMS budgets by 25 per cent.

'There was a perception a few weeks back, that we'd been forgotten about', said Dr Jane Lothian, secretary of Northumberland LMC.

'Really, the BMA just didn't have the resources to go to every practice when the trust was targeting them individually.'

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