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Cut red tape for GPs, urges report

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:408

Sixty five recommendations to reduce the bureaucratic burden on Britain's general practitioners have been made in a government report that claims that “fifteen million forms a year could be torn up” if they are implemented.

The recommendations are based on the findings of an “efficiency scrutiny” set up by the government as part of a drive to reduce unnecessary paperwork in general practice, schools, and the criminal justice system.

Top of the list for rationalisation is the way in which general practitioners are paid. Currently the fees and allowance structure has …

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