GPC will 'lobby like mad' for Health Bill amendments

The GPC will 'lobby like mad' to get the Health Bill amended as there remains a 'great discomfort' in the profession around 'large elements' of the Health Bill.

Dr McCarron-Nash: GPs are feeling confused and uncertain about the reforms
Dr McCarron-Nash: GPs are feeling confused and uncertain about the reforms

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said short of getting the Health Bill scrapped, the GPC will call for clarity around the reforms.

He said the amendments to the Health Bill that were made following the listening exercise do not tally with the government's rhetoric around the reforms.

He warned that the NHS is in a ‘fearful mess’ and in the midst of a ‘most peculiar arrangement for reform’.

GPC negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash added that many GPs are feeling ‘confused and uncertain’ about the reforms.

‘They are reporting feelings of being led up the garden path, having been promised the panacea of having more clinical involvement.

‘And yet here we are post-pause in a situation where things have shifted but unfortunately not in the way that will enable GPs to make those necessary changes and improve services for patients.’

Meanwhile, Dr Buckman raised concerns that the health service is pushing ahead with the reforms and setting up clinical commissioning groups even though the Health Bill has not yet become law.

He said: ‘These structures appear which are then populated and money that this health service hasn’t got is being spent on making these things happen when it isn’t clear what these bodies are going to do, how they are going to work and how they relate to others.

‘We have chaos on the ground with a rudderless health service that feels like its making it up as it goes along.’

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