Buckman sets out vision of collaboration

LMCs Conference 2010: GPs live in exciting times, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman told the 2010 conference of LMCs.

Dr Buckman sent a message to the health secretary Andrew Lansley
Dr Buckman sent a message to the health secretary Andrew Lansley

In his opening address, Dr Buckman said GPs stand on the threshold of 'a government that has given much prominence to expressing a desire to engage with GPs to deliver healthcare'.

He called on health secretary Andrew Lansley to scrap wasteful PFI deals, management consultants and patient surveys, and to review use of Darzi centres, parts of NHS Direct, Choose and Book and the summary care record.

But Mr Lansley is 'no softy', Dr Buckman warned. His message to the health secretary was: 'If we can work together, we can make the NHS thrive, even if there is no new money'.

On the downside, the GPC was 'extremely disappointed' with the pay deal, the failure to grow the trainees' supplement and attacks on PMS practices.

Good news included a body within the GPC to represent sessional GPs. Dr Buckman won a 41-second ovation from delegates after his speech.


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