Suffolk primary care trust has said it will delay terminating the personal medical services contracts it holds with 46 practices in the area.

The PCT had controversially said it would terminate all PMS contracts on 31 December in order to renegotiate contract terms from 1 January.

However, after pressure from the local medical committee and GPs, it has agreed to a three-month extension to the end of March.

Suffolk PCT director of finance Julian Herbert said the PCT was anxious to reach an agreed contract and added that there will be a meeting in September to 'agree a final position'.

The local medical committee is in talks with the PCT about the new PMS contract.

The return to the national general medical services contract tabled by Suffolk has been deemed 'unacceptable' by the local medical committee and referred to the British Medical Association.