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Primary care organisations support postcode variations in services, a survey of NHS chief executives in England finds.

Some 70 per cent of 100 chief executives of PCOs, hospital trusts and strategic health authorities said variations were legitimate if 'based on local choices', the NHS Confederation survey found.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said variations in how services are provided were often necessary but there should be no difference in core services offered.

He said: 'How something is implemented somewhere like Cornwall will of course be

different from in other places. However if they are saying that there shouldn't be a

universal service that is wrong.'

The NHS Confederation confirmed managers were referring to types of service but stressed any variation must have the backing of patients.

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