60 second interview with Dr James Kingsland
Dr James Kingsland is chair of the National Association of Primary Care, a member of Lord Darzi’s advisory board and a GP in Merseyside
Dr James Kingsland is chair of the National Association of Primary Care, a member of Lord Darzi's advisory board and a GP in Merseyside
What's the NAPC's top priority for 2008?
Getting practice-based commissioning implemented.
Why should a GP join the NAPC?
Part of our role is helping people do their jobs better. It's not only GPs who join but also practice managers and practice nurses.
Is PBC going to sink or swim?
I'd say it's floating at the moment. It needs a propeller, and the NAPC is the propeller it needs.
Why did you decide to join Lord Darzi's review board?
Number one, it's nice to be asked. I want to be at the centre of helping to make a difference – and what more powerful voice than to be in the Darzi review team.
What advice have you been giving Lord Darzi?
Helping him understand, given his history is in secondary and tertiary care, the complexities and current strengths of primary care.
Are GPs paid too much?
You've got to value the service to allow the service to add value. I think GPs are very good value for money.
If you were made health secretary for a day, what would you do first?
I would ask: what does the health service need from me?
Who was your favourite health secretary?
If Stephen Dorrell and Alan Milburn were mixed, that would be an interesting combination. But in 2008, of course, the best one by far has been Alan Johnson.
Should GPs offer extended opening hours?
A qualified yes – we should be meeting the needs of the population we serve. So if the population you're serving needs flexible, different types of hours, you should be supplying them. If it doesn't, then it goes back to the ‘one size fits all' argument.
What was your dream job when you were at school?
In the 1970s there was a sitcom called Doctor in the House that had a phenomenal following. Robin Nedwell was the doctor in it. My dream job was being Robin Nedwell – I don't know if it was the doctor or the actor.