Primary care czar says GPs 'over-reacted' to polyclinics

GPs were 'over-reacting' in their objections to the new surgeries and GP-led clinics to be set up under the Darzi review, according to the DoH's national primary care director Dr David Colin-Thomé.

David Colin Thome
David Colin Thome

‘One of my disappointments with my branch of the profession is how it feels so vulnerable.  I think you are over-reacting,’ he told delegates at the 2008 RCGP conference in Bournemouth yesterday as he delayed a family holiday to stand in for health minister Lord Darzi who cancelled his appearance just hours before the conference.

Lord Darzi said little of note in a two-minute conference address in a pre-recorded video, with the DoH saying that his no-show was because of ‘ministerial commitments’ rather than a requirement to stay in London because of the expected government reshuffle.

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field described the cancellation as ‘a missed opportunity’, adding: ‘One day you never know we might get a minister here, although it might be a Conservative one.’

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