GPC chairman sounds privatisation warning

GPs should not be complacent about the threat of privatisation, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has said.

Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)
Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)

In his report to the BMA's ARM in Liverpool yesterday, Dr Buckman said that ‘the threat of commercialisation of the English NHS has not gone away. Many new services are being set up, sometimes in places where nobody needs them’.

But he added that the profession had risen to the challenge to win a large number of the contracts to run Darzi centres. 

‘This isn’t hypocrisy,’ he said, ‘as we could hardly stand by idly whilst the NHS was turned into our enemy’.

Dr Buckman also used the speech to criticise the ‘wasteful, biased, badly conducted’ national patient survey.

‘We want and need patient feedback, but not in a way that means practices... are going to lose resources because of the responses of a tiny number of patients.’

He called for the £8m cost of the survey to be redirected to patient participation groups.

‘A sensible government would scrap this survey and ask the practices to get together with patients to obtain patient feedback,’ he said.

‘So that won't happen, will it?’


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