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Patients will not get say over recruits

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has rejected calls for practices preparing to recruit a

new GP to canvass patients on what sort of doctor they would like.

Dame Janet Smith suggested in the Shipman Inquiry that patients' views should be considered before an appointment.

The Department of Health's Safeguarding Patients report said: 'The department agrees that practices should be responsive to the views of patients in deciding how to develop their services.

'Ultimately, however, practices must remain accountable for the way in which those services are provided, including any new appointments.'

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