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'Jobsworth' district nurses not in interests of anyone

Newcastle LMC is to send the results of the Great Pulse Patient Survey to the Prime Minister and all northern MPs in an effort to influence the upcoming primary care White Paper.

It announced the move after a meeting of more than 60 local GPs last week revealed deep uncertainty about how the White Paper will affect their role.

The Pulse survey showed patients valued continuity of care more than choice.

Dr George Rae, secretary of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, believed GPs could retain control of primary care even if the Government opened the door to more private providers.

He said: 'Our approach is how do we shape the future without losing our corporate identity as GPs?

'It's like the Berlin Wall ­ and when it comes down, everything is going to be different and up for grabs.'

Dr Relton Cummings, chair of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, attacked the Government's consultation on the White Paper as 'a joke'.

But he urged GPs to 'become the private sector' so as to retain their power. 'We are already independent contractors,' he said.

'Let's not be shy. As they say up here ­ "shy bairns get nowt".'

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