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CAMHS won't see you now

GPs who fail to offer choice risk losing job

By Steve Nowottny

The Department of Health's plans to make offering choice a contractual obligation could see GPs who fail to comply having their contracts terminated, it emerged this week.

The DH's director of primary care, Ben Dyson, said GPs who repeatedly failed to offer choice would be handed ‘breach notices' warning them they would lose their contract unless they complied with the policy.

The BMA accused ministers of using ‘threats and megaphone diplomacy'.

A DH spokesperson said it was no longer acceptible for patients in some areas to be less likely to be offered a choice.

He said: 'We are considering how we might further ensure that GPs make offering choice a priority. We are in the early stages of exploring a range of options, including whether we could reinforce this through the GP contract. Once we have done so, we will be discussing this with the profession.'

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