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Can profession change to improve women GPs’ lot?

The Government consultation into the forthcoming primary care White Paper will become more ‘sophisticated' this month, the Department of Health has pledged.

GPs had previously complained that the consultation process of Your Health, Your Care, Your Say was too simplistic, asking patients to choose between different types of service.

Gary Belfield, head of primary care at the department, said the public consultation would change in October.

‘We will refine those questions and become more sophisticated and start to talk about ‘‘trade-offs'',' he said. ‘If people want to be seen by a GP near their workplace and it's 50 miles away then they should not expect to get home visits.

‘People can't have everything,' he added.

The department stressed that all GP representatives will get an opportunity to formally contribute to the White Paper.

A spokesman said it would be explaining ‘very publicly' why it had chosen to leave out certain recommendations in the paper ‘following its publication', expected around Christmas time.

‘All stakeholders will then have the opportunity to help build on the proposals.'

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