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GP calls for deprived area cash

Dr Kambiz Boomla has called for increased budgets for primary care organisations in deprived areas after a local MP commented that GP consultation rates in east London were high.

Brian Sedgemore, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, told a Commons debate that GPs in the area handle eight to 12 consultations per patient, compared with a national average of five.

High patient turnover added 54,000 more consultations and was 'not adequately reflected in the national resource allocation formula', he said.

'Shares of non-discretionary expenditure should reflect the workload pressures faced by primary care, and should include patient turnover which is a major determinant of workload.'

Dr Boomla, a GP in Poplar, east London, said the area had missed out on £90 million in the last three years.

He added: ' My judgment is that now is the moment we should be making sure there will be a significant shift.'

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