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MP David Anderson was so surprised by the insight he gained from his Pulse visit to Dr Jess Oldroyd that he used the platform of the Labour Party conference to demand greater Government engagement with GPs.

Mr Anderson, Labour MP for Blaydon, told a conference health debate that his visit had reinforced how Government health policy was distorting clinical priorities and GPs like Dr Oldroyd were 'spending too much time worrying about structural change' to the NHS.

Dr Oldroyd, who practises in Blaydon-on-Tyne, said she was pleased the concerns she raised had been given such a high

profile.

'It was a very positive visit. I am delighted that he listened to our concerns and went on to take them up.'

Mr Anderson said: 'We can't reform public services if we don't engage with those people who have to deliver our policy promises.'

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