GPs' contract messages to negotiators
With her 1,300-page report, Shipman Inquiry chair Dame Janet Smith has sent a seismic shudder through general practice.
If her 100 recommendations are accepted by the Government, GPs will be subject to a level of scrutiny far greater then they have ever faced.
The GMC has been left in no doubt that
root-and-branch reform is not just an option
it is a must.
Every right-thinking GP would agree with Dame Janet's assertion that regulators must put protecting patients ahead of protecting doctors. But there is a danger that what she has proposed will put doctors a too-distant second.
It is vital ministers look at this report carefully and act reasonably. Otherwise there will not be enough GPs around to truly protect patients.