The medical practices committee is urging the government to reconsider proposals laid out in the NHS plan to abolish it.

In a special newsletter, the committee says that 'a financial allocations formula cannot perform successfully the function of managing the equity of the distribution of GPs in England and Wales'. It says 'battles' between health authority and regional offices would be 'inevitable' if the committee were to be abolished. The British Medical Association agreed. GP negotiator Dr Peter Holden said: 'We have managed to have a fairly even spread of GPs throughout the country. We do need someone to take an overall view rather than decisions being made at a local level by people with an axe to grind.'

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