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PCT attacks Government for U-turn on appraisals

A primary care trust using nurses to carry out GP appraisals has attacked the Department of Health for withdrawing its support for the scheme.

Slough PCT said a principal medical officer at the department gave the green light for its controversial appraisal scheme. But a department spokeswoman later told Pulse only another GP could carry out appraisal.

Dr Peter James, chair of Slough PCT's professional executive committee, said the medical officer sent him an

e-mail in June last year saying the scheme was 'consistent with the criteria provided by the department'.

He added: 'I think it could be confusing for GPs if there are two different lines. It's important if people are speaking on behalf of organisations that they have the correct view of what the organisation and the current guidance is.'

Dr James said the trust would stick with the appraisal scheme, which also uses health visitors and practice managers to appraise GPs.

'We feel we have got the support we need and if the department feels we're not following the guidance they should let us know,' he said.

Other deaneries around the country had already expressed an interest, he added.

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