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Surgery gets deaf-blind award

Thousands of GPs will boycott the National Programme for IT because of its failure to consult them over its plans, a survey has concluded.

Nearly a third of doctors said they were unlikely or very unlikely to use the Choose and Book system.

Respondents said the system, which will give patients a choice of five hospitals, was 'irrelevant' outside London and the south-east.

Others said it was pointless being able to book a referral when waiting times for some services remained so long.

Just 27 per cent of the doctors surveyed for the BBC by Medix UK said they were likely to use Choose and Book when it is introduced from next year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's File on Four, Dr Alan Gilman, a GP in Stockport, Cheshire, questioned why GPs had to administer the system. 'I think I do clinical work better

than I do secretarial work,' he said.

Of more than 500 doctors surveyed, of whom nearly half were GPs, 69 per cent said they not been consulted at all by the national programme.

NHS IT director general Richard Granger insisted thousands of clinicians had been consulted, but acknow-ledged it had do more.

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