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Patient survey will cost £10m

The forthcoming GP patient survey will cost the NHS at least £10 million, the Government has admitted.

The figure includes mailing surveys first-class to patients, which the Department of Health argues is ‘the most cost effective method' due to the survey's time limits.

The £11m price tag of this year's survey attracted widespread criticism in the national media, with the GPC branding it an ‘imprudent use of scarce NHS resources'.

Pulse also revealed in October that the Government may switch to running the controversial survey up to four times a year.

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