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The National Association of GP Co-operatives has criticised the Government for delaying publication of a national evaluation of NHS Direct.

NAGPC chair Dr Mark Reynolds said he was 'upset' that an independent study on pilot sites testing links between co-ops and NHS Direct had not been published.

He said: 'I don't know whether the results are delayed, buried or unfinished, but I am concerned it might be showing poor performance in terms of the percentage of calls properly dealt with.'

The Department of Health said the report would be published in late summer.

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