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GPs collaborate on Choose and Book to cut workload

GPs in Somerset have agreed to give up half of the funding for the Choose and Book directed enhanced service in order to cut their workload.

North Somerset PCT is to give the 48 pence per patient to a

referral management centre, which will run the Choose and Book service. GPs will still get the first half of the DES money.

Steve Mercer, Avon LMC chief executive, said GPs hoped the move would enable them to hit Choose and Book targets without having to take on extra work.

He said: 'I think it's a positive step forward in collaboration and trying to make the DESs work as well as possible.'

Mr Mercer said GPs would want to see longer-term assurances on funding for Choose and Book once the enhanced service payments ended.

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