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60 second interview...Dr Kailash Chand

Dr Kailash Chand is a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, a GPC member and BMA council member. Dr Chand is calling on GPs to support the Pulse and BMA campaigns against Government primary care policy.

Dr Kailash Chand is a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, a GPC member and BMA council member. Dr Chand is calling on GPs to support the Pulse and BMA campaigns against Government primary care policy.

Is it time for GPs to be more proactive, rather than reactive?

Yes. Otherwise they could sleepwalk into a situation where there isn't any general practice left.

What's the biggest threat to general practice?

Government policy – trying to deliver primary care cheaply and through private providers.

What's the biggest opportunity?

We must change the Government's mind to show that we can deliver the best patient care. The biggest problem is this Government has a mistrust of clinicians.

What motions will you be tabling at next week's LMC conference?

That it's high time we unite. There is unprecedented threat from the political ideology of this Government, to the NHS in general, and general practice in particular. It's not about saving our jobs – it is about saving healthcare.

Can GPs bid for APMS contracts with confidence?

I'm very sceptical. The BMA has been asking for a level playing field. In my view, the whole APMS policy is fundamentally flawed.

Should the Government scrap the MPIG?

They would be betraying the whole profession if they did. What we want is the money to go into the global sum – then there would be no need for the MPIG.

What policy would you like to see Lord Darzi adopt in his review?

What he needs to do is not invite private providers to deliver healthcare. GPs will deliver his reforms far better than the route he is following.

The private providers' only motive is profit, and if they have no profit, there will be cherry picking. If we want to look after growing numbers of patients with chronic diseases, GPs are the best people to deliver that.

Dr Kailash Chand

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