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Dobson calls for extra GP staff

Former Health Secretary Frank Dobson wants GPs to get extra clerical staff to cope with workload.

'While there's a shortage of doctors and will be for many years to come, one of the things that should be done is to get additional clerical staff to relieve doctors of the burden of the necessary clerical work,' he said.

The backbench Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras is currently fighting Government plans for foundation trusts.

He said GPs' influence would be 'dramatically reduced' because few GPs would sit on foundation trust boards.

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