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Dr Ivan Benett is on the verge standing as an independent candidate at the upcoming election as a protest at Government health reforms.

He says if GPs give him their backing, he will stand for a seat in Manchester.

Dr Benett has also quit as a PCT professional executive committee chair and Labour Party member because of 'spurious targets' and creeping privatisation of the NHS.

'If I find there is a lot of GP support for me standing at the next general election that's what I will do,' he said. 'I am a reluctant critic of Labour but on health policy I am extremely unhappy.'

Dr Benett said he was particularly concerned that PCT funding was being used to help the local acute trust hit targets such as four-hour A&E waits.

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