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GPs feel hopeless about NHS

GPs feel a sense of 'hopelessness' about the NHS because of constant changes in the service, its former director of clinical governance claims.

Professor Aidan Halligan told the NHS Alliance's annual conference the change agenda had not yet run its course.

Responding to a question from a GP who said colleagues were becoming cynical about the process, Professor Halligan said: 'I'm not sure where we're going to end up. I've seen enough change over the last seven years to know people have become very disheartened.'

Professor Halligan, who was head of the Department of Health clinical governance support team until May this year, said many GPs felt unable to influence the sort of care they gave to patients.

'Hope springs up – it never trickles down,' he said.

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