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The Government has refused to make specific pledges to increase funding for allergy care in its response to an MPs' report that was heavily critical of current services.

A report by the Commons health select committee, published late last year, criticised allergy services and recommended incentives for allergy care in the quality framework, better training for GPs and nationwide provision.

But the Government made no promises on quality incentives and said it would conduct its own review of data and research on allergy to determine the future direction of services. It said PCTs should determine the need for specialist GPs and that it would consult with GP training bodies.

But Dr Dermot Ryan, a GP in Loughborough with an interest in allergy, said: 'To date the ostrich approach has meant there has been no development and very little funding for these services.'

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