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GPs call for Darzi's 'immediate resignation'

By Steve Nowottny

Scottish GPs hissed and booed health minister Lord Darzi as they demanded his immediate resignation over plans to roll out polyclinics.

The call came as the Scottish LMCs conference passed a series of motions expressing no confidence in the UK Government, warning its health policy ‘puts patients at risk' and would ‘ultimately destroy not only single handed but small practices.'

Dr John Ip, a GP and LMC member in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, warned polyclinics were ‘a disaster waiting to happen.'

‘Millions are being thrown into plans and there's no evidence of any patient benefit,' he said. ‘Shame on you Ara Darzi for allowing yourself to be Brown's puppet.'

The motion also received the official blessing of the Scottish GPC. Deputy chairman Dr Andrew Buist called for unanimous support to ‘show solidarity with our GPC colleagues.'

‘We are aware some issues creep over our border – and we might be next,' he said.

A BMA spokesperson was unable to say if the Scottish GPC's position was backed by the wider BMA, as the GPC and BMA Council have not debated the issue.

But she added: ‘The UK conference season is ahead of us, and who knows what motions may be debated and what the outcomes will be?'

A spokesperson for the Department of Health refused to comment on the resignation call, but said Lord Darzi's review of the NHS ‘will soon reach a key stage.'

Lord Darzi: demands for his 'immediate resignation' Lord Darzi: demands for his 'immediate resignation'

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