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Is your PCO up to scratch?

GPs give their views on their local PCO in Pulse's new vox pops series.

GPs give their views on their local PCO in Pulse's new vox pops series.

Dr Gill Beck , GP in Aylesbury
‘Its difficult at the moment because we are in a permanent state of flux . We're trying to develop stronger links and I'm cautiously optimistic that will happen. It's a positive start.'


Dr Kailash Chand, a GP in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire
‘I see PCOs as the local agents of the DOH implementing their centrally driven policies. You have good and not so good managers. I believe if interference of politicians is minimized in day to day running of the NHS the PCO have great opportunity to address local issues with clinical output.'


Dr Suraj Sharma, GP in Liverpool
‘I'm happy but its a very patchy feeling you'll find in GPs. My PCO works with and not against GPs, and always involves GPs in any decisions. So I'm satisfied.

Liverpool is much better compared to others whom I hear about. Doctors are not happy as a whole about the government's new plans. As far as my PCT is concerned its supportive and works with the co-operation.'


Dr Steve McCabe, a GP in Portree
‘There is a different system in Scotland compared to England of course. My primary care people are good and responsive and helpful and definitely feel that on the whole they are working with us rather than against. Even when differences do arise they are generally dealt with amicably and with pragmatism.'


Dr Jamie Nicholls, a GP in Essex
‘The split (into provider and commissioning arms) is irrelevant to patient care, but a goldmine for administrators.'

Dr Kailash Chand, GP in Ashton-under-Lyne Dr Kailash Chand, GP in Ashton-under-Lyne

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