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We’re the Odd Ones Out

Arbitrary Government targets and primary care funding were top of the agenda when Charlotte Atkins became the first member of the influential Commons health select committee to visit a practice as part of the Pulse MP/GP campaign.

Dr David Hughes and his colleagues at Moorland medical centre in Leek told the Labour MP for Staffordshire Moorlands that Choose and Book and the Government's 48-hour access target are distorting priorities in general practice.

'These policies have forced investment in a particular direction and away from the priorities that local service users and clinicians would see as more important,' he said.

Ms Atkins has promised to take up the investment issues with the local PCT and 'keep an eye' on progress. 'GPs are the public face of the NHS for most people,' she said.

'The visit was extremely useful. It enabled me to ask questions but also for the GPs to raise their concerns in a very informal way.'

Dr Hughes said: 'Charlotte Atkins clearly understood the issues and agreed she would look into addressing our concerns.

'It felt good to meet and discuss in this way, but whether things will change we will have to wait and see.'

Health select committee chair Kevin Barron and Tory member Mike Penning are due to make visits shortly.

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