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Practice praised for innovation

A general practice dialysis service was cited in the White Paper as the kind of innovative community care the Government wants.

The service, at the Ashfurlong Health Centre in Sutton Coldfield, West6 Midlands, can treat 25 patients a week in conjunction with the local hospital.

But Dr Harjinder Dau, a GP at the centre, reacted cautiously to the Government's plans for primary care. He said he was supportive of moves to encourage similar projects, but warned more resources would be needed.

'The problems are going to be the usual ones: time, resources and space. It'll be interesting to see where that comes from ­ it'll need to come from somewhere.'

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