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GP airs views to perfect advocate

Dr Thondiculum Venkatraman found the perfect advocate to take up his concerns over proposed changes to the role of PCTs when MP Kevin Barron

visited his practice as part of the Pulse GP/MP initiative.

As chair of the House of Commons health select committee, Mr Barron holds a position of unique influence. The fact the committee is midway through an inquiry into the planned changes to PCTs' numbers and functions meant he took a particular interest in the GP's views on the issue ­ and promised to keep them in mind during the committee's deliberations.

Dr Venkatraman, who practises in Mr Barron's Rother Valley constituency, told the MP that too many changes are taking place too rapidly in primary care ­ leaving GPs coping with minimal support and limited resources both at PCT and practice level.

Dr Venkatraman expressed doubts to Mr Barron as to whether GPs can continue to provide such high levels of service under this sort of pressure. 'I don't know if we will be able to deliver satisfactorily, let alone effectively,' he said.

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