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PCTs requests 'have to be seen to be believed'.

FOLLOWING the release of the statement on clinical governance, the AOP's deputy chief executive, Richard Carswell (pictured), told OT: "The profession is not arguing against good clinical governance and against the NHS's Standards for Better Health. But the ad hoc imposition of these unremunerated obligations on GOS contractors by some PCTs without any warning or guidance from the Department of Health has led to confusion and resentment on the part of our members. Indeed, we were assured by the Department that clinical governance was not part of the GOS contract, a view obviously not shared by PCTs. Coming as these new obligations do following the very recent upheaval of the new GOS contracts in England, it seems premature--as well as provocative--that contractors should now have to undergo costly and extended monitoring of their compliance with the contract and with Standards for Better Health. For sheer absurdity, some of the questions in the questionnaires issued by PCTs have to be seen to be believed."


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Publication:Optometry Today
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Date:Feb 27, 2009
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