GPs 'hysterical' over polyclinics, claims Colin-Thomé

DoH primary care tsar Dr David Colin-Thomé has accused the BMA of ‘trade union spin’ and questioned the profession’s attitude.

David Colin-Thomé
David Colin-Thomé

Speaking to GPs at the Primary Care 2008 conference in Birmingham last week, Dr Colin-Thomé said concerns over polyclinics were ‘nonsense' and that GPs had become hysterical.

Pitted against GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey, he said: ‘It seems the BMA's job to oppose every government policy.

‘We GPs, encouraged by our union, may wish to be in victim mode, but the DoH wants to keep general practice central to the service.'

Responding to questions from worried delegates about APMS health centres, Dr Colin-Thomé said: ‘GPs' behaviour makes me despair sometimes.'

New APMS centres would drive up quality, he argued.

‘Just enough competition will worry providers enough to sharpen them up. A small amount changes the behaviour of those who need to change.'

Urging GPs to be ambitious and provide more services, he said: ‘It will be a challenge. Some will do it, some will not. If a practice is not viable it will not survive.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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