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Advanced access body wastes £47k

The organisation responsible for promoting the advanced access appointment system to GPs has been criticised for wasting £47,000 by repeatedly cancelling conferences.

The National Primary Care Development Team, one of whose aims is to improve efficiency in the NHS, cancelled four workshops scheduled for The Belfry hotel in Warwickshire in 2003.

A spokeswoman for the team said it was 'appalled' at having discovered the cost of the problem and the cancellation costs were 'unacceptable'.

But she added the organisation had raised far more revenue for the NHS by running training courses, workshops and lectures to overseas health care organisations than it had lost as a result of the cancellations.

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