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Few believe patient care will improve

Less than a quarter of GPs believe Government and BMA claims that the GMS contract will improve patient care.

One in six GPs said they thought the contract would harm the quality of care they were able to give patients. Some 57 per cent of GPs said the deal would make no difference.

Dr Amjad Hossain, a GP in Lewisham, south-east London, said extra work such as setting up new IT systems was eating into time spent with patients. 'It is putting so much pressure on the doctor,' he said. 'There is so much to do, with things like computer records. It is putting a lot of extra work and stress our way.'

Dr Hossain said PCOs needed to give GPs more help. 'When we go to them the impression they

give is that we have to sort out our own problems,'

he added.

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