GPC chairman: 'LMCs must warn of damaging impact of NHS reform'

GPs must use the 2012 UK LMCs conference this week to urge ministers to halt NHS reform, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has told GP magazine.

Voting at the LMCs 2011
Voting at the LMCs 2011

Speaking ahead of the conference in Liverpool on 22 and 23 May, Dr Buckman said: 'I'd like conference to send a message to the UK governments ... to please stop reforming things and let us get on with things as they are.

'The next would be "why don't you listen to medical advice when it's offered, because we can tell you how to make things work",' he said.

Dr Buckman hoped conference would urge the ministers to spend more money on primary care, but not just on GPs.

'Give more for district nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists and the other service provision you need to keep people out of hospital,' he said.

Pension cuts, NHS reform and revalidation feature high on the conference agenda. Dr Buckman said: 'It's difficult to tell what will fire people up. People are, as usual, angry and irritated.'

With his term as GPC chairman to end in July 2013, Dr Buckman identified funding for remediation as a top priority to sort out before standing down. But he also plans to tackle 'bullying' by NHS managers. 'We talk about bullying in the workplace but many GPs are badly bullied by managers.'

Dr Buckman said clinical commissioning groups must not become the 'next group of bullies'. He added: 'I want to leave general practice a happier place than when I came into medical politics.'

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