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Ministers to cut PCOs

The stubbornness of this Government is legendary. But its insistence on pushing ahead with Choose and Book despite the opposition of GPs and consultants defies belief.

Just consider the scale of the medical profession's objections. Doctors believe it will: worsen health inequalities; make it harder for urgent cases to be seen quickly; add a further burden on GPs' time; threaten patient confidentiality; not work because the software doesn't link with either hospitals' or GPs' computer systems.

What is John Reid's response to these informed concerns? A pathetic £95 million bribe to GPs which will disappear into the black hole of PCT debts anyway.

If the Government had involved GPs when Choose and Book was being developed, all of these problems could have been avoided.

But this administration is too arrogant for that. Until it starts to listen, GPs should have nothing to do with Choose and Book.

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