David Cameron reveals GP frustration inspired Health Bill

GP frustration with the NHS, the profession's desire to do more and be more involved is the motivation behind the Health Bill, according to prime minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron: GP frustration with the current system inspired the Health Bill
Mr Cameron: GP frustration with the current system inspired the Health Bill

Speaking to 140 representatives of the 52 first wave of GP pathfinder consortia at a 10 Downing Street reception for them last night, Mr Cameron said: ‘So many of you are telling me about your frustration with the current system, that you want to do more and become more involved. That is what is behind all this.’

Before the reception, they attended an event hosted by health secretary Andrew Lansley. It launched the Pathfinder Learning Network, which enables GP consortia to share key learnings and best practice as they prepare to take on commissioning responsibilities for their local communities.

The National Leadership Council, working in collaboration with the NHS Institute, is also offering leaders of GP pathfinders and their teams access to a number of development tools, including personal and team coaching, to support them in their transition to the new system.

Mr Lansley told them: ‘During the coming months it is vital that we share information, ideas and best practice, and address any issues that may arise straight away. That’s why we are launching the Pathfinder Learning Network – to assist and support you through this period of change and to help us to learn from each other.

‘We are also making the National Leadership Programme available to all GP Pathfinders, This will provide further tailored support for you and your teams in taking forward your commissioning responsibilities.’

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum had been expected to attend the reception but was unable to because of the BMA Council meeting, which voted for a special representatives' meeting to discuss the Health Bill.

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