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GPSI pressure 'denigrating'

Concern is mounting among GPs that pressure to take up a special interest is undermining the core profession.

Wiltshire LMC will argue at this year's annual LMC conference that 'an ever-increasing expansion of GPSIs removes GPs from practice and denigrates the specialism of general practice'.

Dr Peter Swinyard, vice-chair of Wiltshire LMC, said there was a general feeling among GPs that PCTs are viewing practices without GPSIs as 'second rate', putting pressure on GPs to take up a specialisation.

'We should be proud of our profession, instead of saying we should all have a specialisation in something. We are not

interested in running a specialisation which would be in

detriment to our patients, but there is a feeling that PCTs

are viewing this as a sign we are not as good as we could be,' he said.

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