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Cheap-shot jibes at PCOs will hardly help our cause

Having heard GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden speak at the Norwich roadshow I would rather he was negotiating on my behalf than against me. But to comment that the negotiating team had 'worked their nuts off' is belittling.

There is also no excuse for the insulting and offensive remarks he made regarding some chief executives in PCOs. To refer to them as 'jumped-up army corporals' and 'little Hitlers' is unprofessional and far below the standards I would expect.

Surely we should be trying to foster close working relationships with our PCOs rather than antagonising them with such pejorative remarks. Cheap shots like this are unhelpful.

His somewhat mocking reference to hospital consultants wanting the latest equipment for their department will do nothing to enlist the support of our colleagues in other areas of the health service.

Dr Holden refers to himself as a straight-talking Yorkshireman, but that is no excuse for bad manners. Surely we should expect better from our representatives.

The new contract, if accepted, will require us to work even more closely and in collaboration with people in all areas of the health service and I cannot help but feel that remarks like those made by Dr Holden will do nothing to make our task any easier.

Dr Ken Mathews


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