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Government interference led me to quit PCT post

Dr Phillip Ambler says he quit his post as a PCT professional executive committee chair because its decisions were overridden by Government.

Dr Ambler was chair of the committee at South West Oxfordshire PCT, the trust ordered by a strategic health authority to reverse a policy not to use South African cataract surgery firm Netcare.

The former chair of Thames Valley SHA last week admitted demands from Health Secretary John Reid forced it to put pressure on the trust.

Dr Ambler, a GP in Wantage, said: 'If the Government is serious in engaging clinicians in the management of health care it has to respect PCTs.'

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