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Using census data for notional list is a con trick

The contract is a con trick. By using census return data rather than registered lists my global sum is to be cut by 26 per cent. My PCT has already pruned a lot of ghosts being followed up for mammograms and proposes to do the same to the over-65s to meet its flu targets.

I still face a 26 per cent reduction on these pruned and accurate figures.

The last census was an administrative fiasco ­ it had to add two million people to its totals before it could present its report without mockery.

The situation in Westminster, with its mobile population, many of whom are strangely disinclined to admit their residence to the Government, is particularly dire. Our council reckons there are 240,000 residents and the census recorded just 180,000.

Unless this abuse is corrected I shall vote No.

Unless the contract is rejected, by 2004 the centre of London will have fewer NHS GPs than it does dentists.

Dr Jonathan Munday

London SW1

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