Primary care czar attacks BMA's 'hysterical attitude'

DoH primary care czar Dr David Colin-Thome has accused the BMA of 'trade union spin' and questioned the profession's 'hysterical' attitude.

Dr David Colin-Thomé
Dr David Colin-Thomé

Speaking to GPs at the Primary Care 2008 conference in Birmingham last week, Dr Colin-Thome 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 is 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-Thome said: 'GPs' behaviour makes me despair sometimes.'

New APMS centres would raise 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.'

On the future of general practice, Dr Colin-Thome also said GPs would provide more community services and more pay would be linked to patient satisfaction.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

Primary Care 2008

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