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PCT refuses to pay GPs unless they change bank accounts

If you are not weeping already you will be after reading this!

A client came to see me and showed me an email from a PCT manager. The GP has been doing a few odd bits and pieces for the PCT, chairing sessions etc, and as per the last 20 years or so, banks these bits into her current account and then tells us the figures at the end of the tax year.

This PCT manager is concerned that the money is going into an ordinary current account and not a business account, and is worried that the GP is not declaring this income to HMRC. So concerned, that she is now refusing to make payments to not only this client, but all the other GPs who do this sort of ad hoc work, and who don't have a business bank account.

We wrote to this manager explaining that we are the accountants and confirming that all this income is declared. I thought this would be sufficient to reassure the manager, but no.

Instead, the manager herself had come up with a solution. She has negotiated with the local hospital, and it will set up subsidiary accounts at the hospital's bank for each of the GPs. All the GPs need to do is obtain two written professional references, get a CRB check, attend a personal interview, and then the accounts can be set up and the problem resolved.

I can't put my reaction to this suggestion in writing, it was extremely rude, but I suggested to my client that she just tells the manager that if she refuses to pay her, she will sue her.  A lawyer friend suggested for "breach of public duty" I like it!

I suppose we can sleep easy knowing the unpaid underskilled and underworked civil agents of HMRC embedded in the local PCT are ensuring we all pay our dues.......

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