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PCTs may help choose partners

Patients and primary care trusts could be given a say in who GPs take on as their partners under an idea floated by the Shipman inquiry team.

The suggestion ­ in a consultation document that sets out the issues to be considered by the inquiry's fourth stage in the new year ­ provoked an outcry from GPs.

The document asks whe-ther PCTs should have an input into shortlisting candidates for a GP vacancy and whether the trust should have a representative on the interview panel.

It adds: 'When a general practice vacancy has been declared the relevant practice selects a candidate who then applies for inclusion on the PCT list.

'Usually the PCT has no input into the selection pro-cess and has no access to information about other candidates who may have applied for the vacancy.'

It then asks whether patients should have a role in the process to fill a GP vacancy.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said GPs should

not be treated like PCT

employees.

He added: 'In partnerships people need to get along with each other. I'm not having some faceless PCT representative telling me to have a left-handed ginger-haired person from the Isle of Wight.'

GPC member Dr Charles Simenoff, a GP in Manchester, said: 'If these ideas

had applied to Shipman he would have sailed through because 95 per cent of his

patients thought he was

wonderful.'

The inquiry document makes clear it is merely

seeking views on a variety of ideas.

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