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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.'

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