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GPs to call for ban on expensive NHS reports

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs have called on the Government to ban the use of glossy and expensive NHS reports – which they claim represent a huge waste of money.

A motion to be tabled by GPs at the upcoming Scottish LMCs conference calls for all costs of reports to be made public – which they hope will shame the Government into acting.

Dr Richard Williams, chairman of Lothian LMC, which is tabling the motion to try and remove the reports, said: ‘We're very concerned about all these glossy reports that come out from various NHS bodies.

‘In the current climate we think costs should be made available. If it did that, they would stop producing them and be embarrassed by the amount of money spent.

He added: ‘We're scrimping and saving on behalf of the NHS and these long publications, which tend to go straight in the bin, are a waste of money.'

Other LMCs will call for more funding for new practice premises, and for dispensing GPs to be kept more in the loop in the debate about the future of their practices.

Dr Gregor Purdie, a GP in Castle Douglas, and LMC secretary for Dumfries & Galloway LMC, revealed that grassroots GPs in his area had requested a motion demanding ‘overdue' respect from media and ministers.

Dr Purdie also said there would be a motion calling for partners in training practices should be better compensated for soaking up extra work.

‘There is a lot more time and investment, particularly by the trainers in GP training practices - but practices need to be financially underpinned to be able to undertake this extra training.'

Other motions will call for a review of QOF distribution, and the way GPs are paid in a bid to encourage practices to take on more partners.

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