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GPs warned there will be a 'planning blight' unless they get greater representation on the boards of community health partnerships (CHPs).

CHPs were set up last month to co-ordinate care across primary and secondary care and social services.

But GPs criticised the 'inconsistent' formation of the partnerships which has meant many do not have GP representation.

Dr Andrew Buist, secretary of Tayside LMC, said his CHP ran only in 'shadow form' without a chair or a clinician representative. This lack of leadership would result in 'planning blight', he added.

Dr Buist said: 'The guidance [on CHPs] is weak and woolly ­ it is too open to local interpretation.'

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