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GPs force action to reduce red tape

The Government has moved to answer GP criticism of its

efforts to cut practice red tape by setting up a new taskforce to speed up change.

The taskforce will oversee ways of cutting red tape generated by repeat prescribing, sickness certification and diagnostic test reporting in secondary care.

The Cabinet Office made 51 commitments in two reports produced in 2001 and 2002 by its regulatory impact unit.

Steps were taken to remove GPs from the list of pass-

port signatories, extend nurse prescribing and minimise the need for GPs to give evi-

dence for social housing

applications.

But the reports were met with scorn from GPs, who complained the measures had little or no impact on their workload.

Representatives from the GPC, RCGP, NHS Alliance, National Association of Primary Care, Doctor Patient Partnership, NHS Confederation and the Small Practices Association will sit on the taskforce.

Dr Mike Dixon, NHS Alliance chair, said that the goal was to 'find out from individual GPs what's getting their goat'.

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