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Count me out of this lot, says GP

Dr Paul Donnelly is refusing to participate in the practice-based commissioning, IM&T or access enhanced services because he cannot see the benfit of any of the policies.

Dr Donnelly, a GP in Lincoln, described practice-based commissioning as 'fundholding without the benefits' and warned that GPs getting involved would be assuming NHS debts.

He said he was not convinced IT reforms, such as creating electronic patient records, would benefit patients, and condemned Choose and Book as a farce which cost extra time in consultations.

'Practice-based commissioning won't improve care for patients, on IT there's a lot of work to be done before we get a system that's worthwhile, and we've just given up out-of-hours so the last thing we want is to open on Saturdays and in the evenings,' Dr Donnelly said.

Government plans to give patients' access to a GP when and where they wanted regardless of clinical need were a nonsense, he added.

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