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GPs at loggerheads with public over revalidation

GPs have sounded a further warning about the amount of influence clinicians will be able to exert following the latest restructure of the NHS.

A survey of 102 primary care trust clinical leads found 78 per cent thought clinical engagement would be weakened.

Some 60 per cent said that practice-based commissioning would suffer in the move to

cut the number of PCTs by a third.

The survey, carried out by the NHS Alliance, also reported that more than three-quarters believed neither patients' needs nor local circumstances were being given enough thought in the reconfiguration.

The finding came as the deadline passed for Strategic Health Authority plans for redrawing PCT boundaries to be submitted to the Department of Health for approval.

Dr Michael Dixon, NHS

Alliance chair, said that GP

concerns must not be ignored as the prospect of strengthened commissioning was at risk.

He said: ‘If we fail to pay attention now to the significant concerns this survey has highlighted, we could seriously damage the ability of the NHS to

deliver the reforms the Government intends.'

Dr Dixon called on the

Department of Health to bear the survey findings in mind before approving restructuring plans.

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