Buckman urges government to listen to GPs

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has urged the government to listen to key messages from the profession ahead of the 2011 UK LMCs conference in London this week.

The conference, on 9 and 10 June, comes at a crucial stage for health secretary Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms.

The listening exercise on the NHS reforms came to an end last week, and a report from the NHS Future Forum, which led the exercise, is expected next week.

Dr Buckman said the conference was important for the future of the UK NHS.

Initially the Health Bill had been an attractive prospect for GPs, but additions had made it unworkable, he said.

‘They’ve added so many things on top. If they listen to the profession, we can show them how to make it more attractive,’ Dr Buckman said.

He hoped the message the conference would send to the government would be to listen, and not just about concerns over NHS reforms.

‘Listen to the profession; we can’t take any more personal cuts,’ he said. ‘Listen to the profession, stop messing around with our contract and give us some stability.’

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