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GPs in protest at allocations

GPs in four PCTs have called on managers to publish how many patients are being allocated to practices amid fears that some GPs are bearing the brunt.

North Staffordshire LMC said it had received a large number of complaints from GPs about the allocations policies of PCTs under its remit.

LMC secretary Dr Paul Golik said allocations from the four trusts had doubled to around 300 a month in the past 18 months.

Dr Golik has asked South Stoke PCT, which allocates the biggest number, for the process to be made more transparent. 'It works out at one allocation per doctor per month on average, but there are actually double figures in some areas, if families are kept together,' he said.

'List sizes are greater than we think we can cope with but people have a right to have a doctor and the two things don't marry. It does leave room for suspicion.'

Dr Prasad Rao, professional executive committee chair at South Stoke PCT, said GPs were normally reticent about publicising their list size.

'But we are happy if that's what the feeling is. The PCT has nothing to hide.'

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