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Eight weeks ago we launched the Pulse manifesto for general practice and promised to campaign on the issues you said mattered most to you. To stop the core values of general practice being eroded. To ensure you are paid properly for the work you do and to safeguard your pension.

And for action on Choose and Book, premises, the complaints process and health scares. We have pressed every MP, minister and party leader. Many, including Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy, have given their backing.

And there has been genuine progress already. GPs will keep their choice of computer system. There is more consultation about IT plans. The rise in the retirement age is being reviewed. Tony Blair has pledged to cut NHS targets, meaning all parties are committed to this goal.

But there is still much to be done. We will keep the pressure on the new government throughout the next parliament.

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