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Relationships between GPs and primary care organisations have worsened since the new contract began in April.

Nearly one in six GPs said relations with their PCO were worse now than six months ago, compared with just 4 per who felt relations had improved during that time.

Overall, 27 per cent of GPs said they had a good relationship with their PCO. One in 10 said relations with managers were 'non-existent'.

Despite the fact their contract was negotiated directly with their PCO, PMS GPs were more likely to have a non-existent relationship.

Dr Paul Stanhope, a GP in North Somercoates, Lincoln-shire, said his practice's relations with East Lincolnshire PCT were definitely getting worse. 'We feel we have very little relationship with the PCT and very little influence. We feel increasingly powerless at a time of great change.'

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