Reaction round-up to the DoH primary care vision

GPs must be encouraged to take on new patients, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to the Liberal Democrats.

Norman Lamb
Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary, described health minister Ben Bradshaw's accusation that practices operated ‘gentlemen's agreements' not to accept each other's patients as demonstrating ‘the complete breakdown in trust between the government and those on the health service's front line'.

He added: ‘If Ben Bradshaw is going to make provocative and inflammatory statements about GPs' behaviour he must back them up with facts. Does he have any evidence of what he is alleging?'

Mark Simmonds, the Conservative shadow health minister, said: ‘Labour's policy on primary care appears to consist of attacking GPs who are the backbone of the NHS. We need to work with GPs and give them greater control of budgets, so that patient care improves.'

Bryan Stoten, chairman of the NHS Confederation, said he was ‘delighted' MPIG was to be abolished.

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