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GPC takes Hutton to task over comments

GPC negotiators say they had a 'full and frank exchange of views' with Health Minister John Hutton at a crisis meeting last week.

Negotiators demanded the meeting after GPs said NHS managers had told contract implementation meetings they had 'fooled and outmanoeuvred' GPs and had given PCOs new powers to bring practices to heel.

GPC chair Dr John Chisholm said he was now awaiting a letter from Mr Hutton showing his commitment to 'constructive co-operation'.

'Whether or not the things that were alleged to have been said were said, this contract has not changed since the agreement on the blue documents and the two joint letters,' Dr Chisholm insisted.

'There have not been changes slipped in that are to GPs' disadvantage and PCTs' advantage. No one has been duped or outmanoeuvred.'

GPC joint deputy chair Dr Hamish Meldrum added: 'We had a full and frank exchange of views with the minister. We left him in no doubt about our upset that this happened and was reported and that it threatened people's faith.'

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