Darzi 'softening' approach to GPs
By Gareth Iacobucci
The chairman of the RCGP has claimed that Lord Darzi is softening in his attitude to GPs.
In a letter to RCGP members, Professor Steve Field acknowledged the current fractured relations between the profession and the Government, but said the health minister was demonstrating a more supportive tone as he developed a greater understanding of GPs position.
He said that evidence being put to the Darzi Advisory Board supported the role of the generalist and the need to increase the number of GPs, especially in inner city areas.
He wrote: ‘I must stress that I do believe that we are being listened to - the tone of presentations from Lord Darzi and others has become much more supportive.
‘In the last two meetings I have had with Lord Darzi, the language he uses when talking about GPs and primary care has changed and I think this is down to an enhanced understanding of where we're coming from and what we want to achieve.'Professor Steve Field: RCGP chair claims Lord Darzi is softening Professor Steve Field: RCGP chair claims Lord Darzi is softening