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I write to correct any misconceptions that may arise from your report on GP recruitment in Nottingham (News, February 5). We have not yet signed agreements with any private firms to provide primary medical care services.
Individual practices have been in discussion with Chilvers McCrae. The PCT recently advertised two practice vacancies and expects to receive tenders from local practices as well as private companies. We are encouraging plurality of provision to guarantee services for Nottingham patients.
In terms of recruitment, we have appointed two Austrian GPs and recently recruited three more salaried GPs as part of a systematic ongoing recruitment campaign, offering attractive and flexible salaried options.
I am grateful to a number of local GPs who have been assisting the PCT with this.
Professor Tony Avery is right to describe Nottingham as a go-ahead city. He works in one of the country's top medical schools, and our local VTS also has a high reputation. The majority of the city's practices are involved in teaching or training. We have an excellent protected learning time scheme and an active and vocal medical community.
GP practices in Nottingham really make a difference: providing much-needed services to hard-to-reach populations and achieving top Q&O points in the process.
If anyone thinks this reads like an advert for Nottingham, please feel free to call me on 0115 985 8822!
Dr Ian Trimble
Nottingham City PCT