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GUM clinics fail to follow up with GPs

From Dr Stephen Fox

Leigh, Lancashire

Forced allocations have not disappeared (Comment, 19 November). I have, yet again, tabled this thorny subject for discussion at our LMC/PCT liaison meeting next week.

This week I have had four more allocations. We are overwhelmed by the problem. Local nursing homes are misusing the system and going direct to the PCT allocations without asking practices first. Allocations are as bad if not worse than before nGMS.

The only way to prevent allocations is to limit the practice area to the postcode of the practice.

I have not tried this but if I am not satisfied next week I shall use the strategy.

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