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'Report PCT bullying', GPs told

By Lilian Anekwe

Practices that are victims of bullying at the hands of their PCT are being urged to report it to GP leaders.

Londowide LMCs are launching a confidential inquiry into PCT bullying, to identify affected areas and trusts, and will pilot a new toolkit to help practices under undue pressure from their PCTs tackle the problem.

Dr Michelle Drage, chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, urged GP victims to come forward, and said the anecdotal evidence that had already been gathered was likely to be merely the tip of the iceberg.

‘We have become particularly concerned about GP stress levels in London. Stress comes from a number of reasons, one of them being inappropriate PCT demands within and without the contract.

‘The reason we're investigating this now is we have been receiving anecdotal stories that make us think it must be occurring to a large extent. It may be that they are isolated anecdotes but they may be an iceberg of which that is the tip. Obviously we suspect the latter but its important GPs let us know their situation.'

Dr Michelle Drage: 'We have become particularly concerned about GP stress levels in London' Dr Michelle Drage: 'We have become particularly concerned about GP stress levels in London'

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