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'Let me get on with my job, Mr Blair'

Prime Minister Tony Blair has been urged to slow down the pace of reform and let GPs get on with their jobs.

Dr Clare Gerada, a GP in Lambeth, south London, and a member of the RCGP council, was invited with other frontline public sector workers to take part in a question and answer session with the Prime Minister.

Speaking at the National School of Government's conference on public sector reform in London last week, she told

Tony Blair that reform did not always need to be 'radical'­ or as frequent.

She said: 'Let me get on with it, let me experiment with the reforms, let me learn about them, let me keep my alliances at the PCT or at the management level.

'Most of all, let me make it work for patients without pull-ing the rug from under me and starting again in 18 months' time.'

Mr Blair thanked Dr Gerada for her comments which he described as 'fair enough'.

Dr Gerada said it was an interesting day, but left unconvinced her plea had not fallen on deaf ears.

'The Government are still going to be piling on reforms,' she said.

'They should stop meddling, we do not need them to tell us what to do.'

Dr Gerada added she was reassured that at least the Government placed some importance on the opinion of GPs by inviting her to put her concerns to the Prime Minister.

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