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GPs go forth

GP routine checks cut

GPs must still provide over-75 and new patient checks, but no longer have to write to patients to offer them.

Checks for patients who have not attended for three years also must be provided but do not have to be offered.

The change aims to reduce bureaucracy and encourage patients to take greater responsibility for their health.

Dr Chris Dunstan, a GP in Byfleet, Surrey, said evidence had shown that over-75 checks had little health impact. 'With six-month and annual medication reviews we are productively reviewing patients,' he said.

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