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GP axed for not being sufficiently 'corporate'

Dr Jane Elliott believes she was axed from her PCT's professional executive committee because her views on its plans to close community hospitals were not 'corporate' enough. Dr Elliott, a GP in Farnham, Surrey, had sat on the committee at Guildford and Waverley PCT for over three years.

She told Pulse she had been 'shocked and angry' when told by trust chair Chris Grimes that she was not being reappointed. She said previous e-mails from the chair of the executive committee, Dr Simon De Lusignan, had suggested she resign if she could not accept a corporate decision-making environment.

Dr Elliott said she believed plans to close one or more of four community hospitals in the region were inappropriate, but had always stayed true to corporate responsibility and had never sought to undermine 'finally agreed' decisions.

She said: 'It is very worrying that senior PCT members seem unwilling to tolerate dissenting views. How we treat our elderly is a measure of society and community hospitals are largely used by the elderly.'

The PCT said it carried out a routine process for the re-appointment of PEC members when their term of office ended in March. 'The interview panel tested all applicants against the same core competencies and two of the applicants were successful and one applicant was unsuccessful,' it said in a statement.

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