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A successful patient survey – just not for GPs

Useful idiots. It may well be that Lenin never actually so described those prominent individuals in the West who supported the Bolshevik Revolution. But if he didn't say it, he should have.

I am reminded of this phrase by your headline, ‘Ministers got patient access survey seriously wrong'.

In this article Professor Martin Roland, until recently the director of the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, who acted as an official adviser in drawing up the survey, is reported as saying ministers got it ‘seriously wrong'.

Really? At a saving of £35m with a cost of £8m, I don't think so. I would say that it achieved its objectives very successfully. They just may not have been those that the professor had in mind.

This survey seems to have been designed specifically to put GPs in the wrong. Why this should be so is another matter. What lessons can we draw? When supping with the devil, use a long spoon!

From Dr Lewis Miller, Belfast

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