When MP Tom Harris was
appointed as an aide to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, he was determined to find out
directly from GPs how the new contract has affected their work.
Among the issues raised during his Pulse MP/GP visit to Dr Mohammed Sharif and Dr Josephine Bell at Kinsgpark surgery in Glasgow was the
increased burden of paper-
work associated with the QOF chronic disease management targets.
Dr Sharif said discussions also focused on problems the practice is having with its IT
system which is 'just not up to the job'.
Mr Harris, who is MP for
Glasgow South and parliamentary private secretary to Ms
Hewitt, said: 'Although health is a devolved issue in Scotland,
I felt this Pulse initiative would be useful to both me and
the GPs in my capacity as PPS to the Secretary of State for Health.'