GPs face 'uncertainty and burnout' because of 'constant, rapid and revolutionary change', Dr George Rae, a member of the British Medical Association's GP committee, told a BMA fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference in Harrogate last week. Dr Rae, chair of Whitley Bay primary care group, called for a slow-down in the pace of government reform and a ballot of GPs before PCGs moved to primary care trust status. He also called for a rethink on the introduction of walk-in centres, which he said could lead to 'inappropriate' demand on the NHS.

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