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Misuse of cash for teachers a lesson for NHS

Several PCTs have admitted to 'creative accounting' to meet their targets for spending on enhanced services set by Health Minister John Hutton. Trusts say they are simply

re-labelling existing projects to please the Government. The result is GPs could lose thousands of pounds.

A lot of GPs will be saying 'I told you so'. Their concern has been that promises of increased earnings and resources as a result of the contract, which look good on paper, might prove to be an illusion. Their worries were well founded.

Money pumped into a profession has a nasty habit of getting misdirected. Ask the teachers. Huge sums were injected into the education system to recruit new teachers and improve conditions, but the money was creamed off and nobody benefited, least of all the children.

This must not be allowed to happen to general practice.

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