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Tsar urges GPs not to quit PCTs

The Government's primary care tsar has admitted GPs have lost their enthusiasm for PCTs.

Dr David Colin-Thome said trusts need to convince GPs to stay involved and encourage innovative doctors to shape their direction.

'Even though PCTs are fantastic, many GPs feel a bit out of it. We have turned

off the enthusiasts,' he said.

Dr Colin-Thome's comments at a Health Service Journal conference last week come after disillusioned GPs were reported to be quitting trust professional executive committees.

But he advised those doctors that the only way they could exert influence was to keep working in trusts.

'One of the issues is for PCTs to make certain that GPs are engaged, but it's up to GPs too. If you feel your voice is not being listened to, how do you make yourself useful?' Dr Colin-Thome said.

'People might grumble but there's never been a time when GPs could be so influential in changing things. Why throw it all in now?'

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