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The British Medical Association has issued guidance on how to write formally to Primary Care Support England requesting payment within 21 days for undisputed debts.

The guidance is the first in a series of practical resources the BMA is producing for its members, “to tackle problems caused by failings in the service delivery” of PCSE. “This follows two years of engagement with NHS England to resolve widespread, outstanding issues affecting practitioners,” it said.

This first online resource has a covering letter which can be amended, and legal form templates, suitable for use by practices and Local Medical Committees.

“The PCSE function that is delivered by Capita is responsible for processing NHS England’s payments to general practice for the services they have provided, but current procedures – particularly to reimburse money owed – have proved to be both burdensome and frustrating,” said the BMA.

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, added: “PCSE’s failure over the last two years to deliver high quality care support services is having a major negative effect on practices and individual GPs.

“One aspect of this persistent failure has been an unacceptable impact on our members’ finances. Too many payment errors and delays have left us with no choice but to take this unprecedented decision to support general practices with legal action.”

He said the BMA was “very disappointed” that NHS England has so far been unable to take any effective action to force PCSE to make the required payments.

“There is an urgent need to resolve these issues so that practices and GPs can recoup money owed, and to give them the confidence in the service PCSE is providing. NHS England not only need to comply with the Statutory Demands from practices with outstanding debts, but also must act with more urgency and determination to resolve the underlying issues that are creating the need for this action.”

Link:
BMA statement           

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