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Failures of GP monitoring cited for asthma deaths

Pulse's priority is accuracy. However, in the busy process of preparing a weekly publication mistakes can occur. When they do, our policy is to correct them at the earliest opportunity. To draw our attention to a mistake please e-mail, write to us at For the record, Pulse, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UY, or fax us on 020 7921 8132.

In an article about funding problems besetting GP training (News, July 23) we incorrectly paraphrased Mrs Chris Jones of Northern deanery as warning that the deanery was prepared to pull the plug on registrar appointments at short notice if adequate funding did not materialise. In fact she said: 'As of today we do not have our allocation. Northern deanery has made the decision to continue to recruit as normal to training posts. We are keeping this continually under review with monthly meetings and this situation may, or may not, change.' We apologise for the error.

Our report headlined 'GPs cost less than nurse practitioners' (News, July 23) wrongly stated that academics at the University of Bristol had shown that GP consultations (at £9.30) cost less than those by nurse practitioners ( £9.46). The confidence intervals indicate that there is no evidence of difference in cost between the two types of consultation in the scenario modelled.

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