GPC tells Reid to pause for breath
GP negotiators have called on new Health Secretary John Reid to slow the pace of change in the NHS and ditch the Department of Health's 'obsession with targets'.
Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC negotiator, said the resignation of Alan Milburn after four years in the role gave the department an opportunity to 'pause for breath'.
Dr Buckman said: 'He
[Mr Milburn] was a good fundraiser but it will be
important to see what happens in the reshuffle as when
ministers change it's an opportunity to see whether their broom sweeps in a different direction.'
Mr Milburn, who has two young children, cited family reasons for his resignation.
'[Politics] is a completely crazy way to run your life and I have to get a life,' he said.
John Reid was previously Labour Party chair and is one of the Cabinet's renowned bruisers.