Letters Calls And Emails: ‘Political doctors' are no friends to the profession

Dear Editor

A number of articles in GP's 12 January issue illustrated what a difficult time we GPs live in and how helpful and supportive some of our colleagues can be.Firstly, Dr Barbara Hakin, chairwoman of NHS Employers and everything else, bullying the rather feeble and hard-pressed GPC, and demanding further tightening of the quality framework screw in return for an inflation-linked hike in our pay.

Then, Dr David Colin-Thomé, the ‘primary care czar', suggesting that GPs should see all pre-operative patients in their surgeries instead of consultants which is ‘wasting the latter's time and expertise'.

Dr Mark Davies, Choose and Book primary care director at NHS Connecting for Health, hyping the ‘success' of Choose and Book, which a sizeable proportion of the profession in fact feel is a bureaucratic nightmare that is destroying the relationship between GPs and consultant colleagues by depersonalising referral behaviour.

Finally, GPC chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum helplessly flaps and fiddles while Rome burns, GMS unravels at a rate of knots, and so on.

With all these helpful colleagues around, I don't feel we need any enemies.

Dr Murray Colburn

Orsett, Essex

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