GPC says Brown's screening plans 'not properly thought through'

The GPC is concerned that Gordon Brown's proposals to introduce a health screening programme in England have not been properly thought through.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the GPC, said: ‘We would like to be able to say that we fully support this new initiative — focusing on prevention should certainly be congratulated — but as ever the practical considerations have not been properly thought through.’

NHS Alliance chairman Dr Michael Dixon said a one-size-fits-all approach to screening would defeat its own object.

‘There is a danger that no one is truly accountable, no one has the patient’s overall best interests in mind, or even knows the patient as a fellow human being, and costs inevitably spiral,’ he added.

King’s Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘The prime minister is right — if we want a health service that is sustainable, it will need to do more to keep people as healthy as possible as well as treating them when they are sick.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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