RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada said she is ‘sceptical’ about what the listening exercise will achieve. She raised concerns that the listening exercise will not be representative, as the RCGP is not going to have a place on the new Health Bill review panel.
Dr Gerada said: ‘I don’t think we need a listening exercise. The government needs to address the concerns around the Health Bill, not just go through another process.There is enough evidence, and enough information already [about the concerns].'
GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the listening exercise must result in action. He said while he welcomed the government’s move to put the Bill on hold it must result in ‘significant amendments’ to the Bill.
Dr Vautrey said the government must now act on the detailed responses it already has from GP organisations about the reforms.
He said: ‘The key thing is that we can’t just have a listening exercise, there also needs to be action and make significant changes to the Bill.'