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The Red Tape Diaries...

Pulse's Manifesto for General Practice campaign has helped notch up some notable successes for GPs since we launched it eight weeks ago.

In putting the major issues affecting GPs in the spotlight during the election period, it has also prompted an unpredented level of interest from politicians of all parties.

And more than 2,500 GPs and 1,500 patients have pledged their support for the manifesto.

GPs scored a victory in the first week of the campaign, with Connecting for Health caving in to their demands for a free choice of IT system.

Connecting for Health has also taken steps to increase consultation with GPs over Choose and Book and to cut the workload involved ­ two more campaign targets.

Later, the Government agreed to return to the negotiating table over proposals to increase the pension age to

65.

Health minister John Hutton told Pulse the review would now take a 'fundamentally different direction'.

The Labour Government also admitted its targets regime had gone too far and promised to reduce the burden on GPs if it was re-elected.

The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives both gave their unequivocal support for the manifesto and two independent GP candidates, Dr Ivan Benett in Manchester and Dr Kieran Deeny in West Tyrone, used it in their election campaigning.

The profile of major issues, including informed dissent on childhood vaccines, the rising tide of vexatious complaints against GPs and the debacle over enhanced services has also been raised.

How the Manifesto for General Practice

has made an impact

·2,500 GPs and 1,500 patients pledge support

·Conservatives and Liberal Democrat leaders give their backing

·Connecting for Health caves in to GPs' demands for free choice of IT system and more consultation over Choose and Book

·Government to

return to talks over pensions

·GP Dr Ivan Benett stands as an independent candidate using the manifesto as the basis for his campaign

·Labour promises to relax its targets

regime

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