Suffolk PCT set to force a switch from PMS to GMS

All PMS GPs in Suffolk are set to have their contracts renegotiated, following a meeting with the PCT, according to Suffolk LMC.

The DoH had told PCTs to consider axing PMS contracts where they were not comparable in cost to GMS (GP, 17 March 2006).

Suffolk PCT is thought to be the first to change PMS contracts across the board.

In meetings with 90 GPs last week, the PCT said it wanted to standardise the contracts that GPs worked under in Suffolk.

Of the 69 practices in the county, 46 operate under PMS contracts. Suffolk LMC chief executive Bill Robinson said that all PMS contracts would need to change but ‘it is a matter of how’ that was under discussion.

‘The PCT said it would like to review PMS in Suffolk, but it is not the case it is forcing GPs to change their contracts,’ he said.

The LMC is asking to see a package of how PMS GPs could return to GMS to ensure they did lose funding, but he added that for some GPs the change may just be ‘tweaking’ their existing contracts.

Any return to GMS would have to include an MPIG, he added.

A PCT statement said it needed consistency across the county as neighbouring practices had variations in pay negotiated by the old PCTs.

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