RCGP commissioning lead takes swing at NCB chairman over 'golf-playing GPs' jibe

GPs are incredibly busy, need more resources and are not playing golf while patients are being unnecessarily admitted to hospital, according to the RCGP's commissioning lead.

Professor Grant: under-fire for golf-playing GPs jibe.
Professor Grant: under-fire for golf-playing GPs jibe.

South London GP Dr Steve Mowle, vice chairman of the RCGP's Council and lead for its Centre for Commissioning, was responding to comments made by Professor Malcolm Grant, the NHS Commissioning Board's chairman.

Professor Grant, who is married to a GP, told the NICE annual conference in Birmingham last month: 'If I can just give you one example, or one clinical commissioning group where, historically, let's say an elderly frail patient in their 70s might have racketed up five or six visits to the local hospital, a couple of them at the weekend, out of hours, because the GP was playing golf.'

Dr Mowle told a Westminster Health Forum conference in central London about commissioning on Wednesday: 'I've never worked so hard. I always work 12-hour days. I barely have time to go to the bathroom in the middle of the day although I'd love to play golf. GPs really are incredibly busy. We need time and space. This can't happen within resources at the moment.'


GP magazine is a media partner for Commissioning 2012, an event in London on 27-28 June featuring over 700 GPs and primary care managers. Speakers are expected to include health secretary Andrew Lansley and NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson.

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