Primary care czar accuses GPs of 'whinging'

The medical profession should 'stop whinging', the DoH's national clinical director for primary care Dr David Colin-Thomé has said.

David Colin Thome
David Colin Thome

Dr Colin-Thomé told a meeting at yesterday's Primary Care Live conference in London that the BMA's reaction to plans for new GP-led health centres had been 'surprising and uncalled for'.

'There seemed to be a deliberate attempt to convince patients their practice was going to close,' he said.
But the government is planning only 250 extra practices, compared to 8,500 existing ones, he noted. 'So I think that was a bit overegged.'

Dr Colin-Thomé also questioned BMA claims that general practice was in crisis, and pointed out that Britain's GPs are the best paid in the world.

'I've been a doctor for 40 years, and I can't remember a year when there wasn't low morale,' he said. 'So we are a bit of a whinging lot, aren't we?'

Dr Colin-Thomé's comments did not go down well with his audience.

One Hertfordshire GP received a round of applause after describing him as 'dangerously out of touch'.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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