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Students told general practice 'second rate'

Dr Mike Scott believes it is too late to persuade ministers to drop the 48-hour access target, even though he supports the RCGP and NHS Alliance conclusions.

He said that as the Department of Health was now claiming that nearly all practices met the target, it could use this as evidence of improved services before the next general election.

Dr Scott, a GP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said while he approved of a more flexible approach to access ­ such as booking some appointments months in advance ­ he did not believe this approach 'would lend itself to a target'.

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