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08 Jul 2011 09:47

Exclusive GP investigation wins national coverage

Results of an exclusive GP newspaper investigation finding one in four Darzi centres have registered fewer than 500 patients received national newspaper and radio coverage yesterday.

GP senior news reporter Susie Sell used the Freedom of Information Act to discover as many as 12% of the controversial health centres had no registered patients at all despite average annual running costs of £1.1 million each.

GP leaders said the centres, which each of England’s 152 Primary Care Trusts was forced to set up from 2008 under the previous Labour government, have been a huge waste of taxpayers’ money and should be closed.

GP deputy editor Neil Durham was interviewed by Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross on BBC Radio London about it at 2 hours 23 minutes.