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Services switch angers GPs

GPs in Worcestershire are furious after a PCT scrapped a nursing homes enhanced service ­ only to then introduce an exercise prescription scheme.

The GPs say they were not consulted on the move by Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT and have been given less than two weeks' notice to find guineapigs for the exercise scheme.

Dr Simon Parkinson, chair of Worcestershire LMC, said: 'They wanted us to find a group of patients, discuss it with them, fill in a form and send it back within a week so they can pilot their exercise prescription scheme.

'I know of at least three practices that have binned it already. You just think someone's losing the plot.'

A spokeswoman for Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT said the exercise scheme had been approved by its professional executive committee and the short timescale was in order to coincide the LES with a 16-week exercise scheme run by the council.

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