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Commissioning plan in tatters

GP or not GP? That is the question posed by new RCGP chair Dr Mayur Lakhani after he said it was time for the title to be scrapped in order to give the profession greater stature.

In interviews last week to mark the start of his tenure, Dr Lakhani said a name change would enable 'GPs' to be seen on a par with consultants and encourage more young doctors to join practices.

He added he wanted to end the 'just a GP' culture.

A solution could be to incorporate the term 'consultant' into the new job title, Dr Lakhani said.

GPs said they accepted the logic, but were sceptical whether patients would take any notice.

GPC negotiator Dr Stewart Drage said he 'didn't see any great value' in changing the name. 'Patients have got used to describing a certain type of service,' he said.

Dr Roger Chapman, a GP in Leighton Buzzard, added: 'We can re-label ourselves as specialists but I'm not sure it makes any difference.'

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