GP hopes for the 2010 LMCs conference

This year's LMCs conference must grasp the chance to define how the government's vision of a more GP-led NHS can work, senior GPs say.

Speaking ahead of the conference in London on Thursday and Friday, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘It's an opportunity for us to define what we can do to save money, but prevent inappropriate cuts that damage patient care.'

The government ‘appears ready to listen', Dr Buckman added. He said the most important message GPs could send the DoH was about how to raise the quality of healthcare for patients ‘without gimmicks that waste resources'.

‘The NHS spends a lot of money doing things that don't benefit patients directly,' he said. GPs should spell out how to cut this waste, he said.

Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson said: ‘The sounds coming from the new government are that GPs will be at the forefront of things. Some people will inevitably look at things as new work with no additional funding but I'm an optimist and see huge opportunities.

‘A priority for me is for the GPC to engage with the government and get the detail.'

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul added: ‘We have a window of opportunity that GPs hopefully will use to develop ideas and policy.'

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