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Now GP appraisers forget how to do it

A group of GP appraisers have forced their primary care trust to give them a refresher course because it delayed so long getting its appraisal scheme running.

The GPs in Birmingham complained they had lost all confidence in their ability to conduct an appraisal as it had been six months since they were originally trained.

Eight appraisers in North Birmingham PCT received two days' training in February, but have yet to even appraise each other.

One said: 'We have felt very much alone, which is disappointing because most other PCTs are well on the way with appraisal. Without extra training the less confident you are you can do a good job.'

They also complained about a chaotic computerised booking system which only told one party when an appraisal was due.

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