A partner at Ravenscroft Medical Centre, Golders Green Road, London has lost his ongoing battle with NHS Barnet regarding unpaid superannuation on PMS growth monies.
As the practice did not return the funds claim form before the required deadline, the PCT will not pay the £520 a month dating back to April 2004 – which means the practice has lost out on £60,000.
However, Ravenscroft Medical Centre never received the claim form, a fact which has been acknowledged by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA). Despite this, the NHSLA claimed it could not order the PCT to pay the money owed to the practice.
Due to the time taken trying to find out who had such authority, the practice submitted its bid for a judicial review of the NHSLA’s decision after the three-month time limit, meaning it was unsuccessful. As a result, Dr Golden, the partner at the centre of the dispute, was required to pay £1,750 towards the NHSLA’s legal costs.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has said it will not being taking any further action, as it did not believe that doing so would result in a positive outcome.
“It is not a trivial amount. It is £520 a month, used to pay part of the employers’ superannuation for three salaried GPs,” said Dr Golden.
“The PCT knew which practices would be eligible for the funding so we thought we were getting the money and we had no reason to think that we would be getting a claim form. It was only when I called the PCT to ask when we would be getting the money that I found out about the claim form. They said we would not be getting the money as we had not sent back the claim form.”