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Hospital distances itself from surgeon's anti-GP remarks in the Daily Mail

The hospital that employs the surgeon who branded general practice as ‘no longer fit for purpose’ in a Daily Mail article has distanced itself from his opinions, stating that it values the ‘excellent contribution’ GPs make

The intervention from the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust came after Professor J Meirion Thomas wrote last week that GPs are ‘geographically and professionally isolated from the nourishing influences of mainstream medicine in hospitals’ and ‘simply do not keep up with the latest developments in healthcare’.

His article, which branded general practice as ‘impersonal’, ‘inhospitable’ and ‘outmoded’, also accused the GPC of ‘holding the public and NHS to ransom’ and said that calls for more GPs and greater funding was ‘hysteria’.

But in a statement issued by the hospital, chief executive Cally Palmer and medical director Professor Martin Gore, said that Professor Thomas made his comments independently and without consulting staff at the hospital.

They said: ‘The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust would like to make it clear that Professor Thomas’s views are entirely his own and in no way reflect the opinion of those working at The Royal Marsden.

‘We do not share, condone or support the views he has expressed. It is important to state that all individuals are entitled to express a view. They are not, however, entitled to speak on behalf of an organisation without that organisation’s consent. Professor Thomas did not seek or receive this organisation’s consent to either article.

‘The Royal Marsden is very proud of its good working relationships with our GP colleagues, particularly through our GP engagement programme and referral process, and we value their experience, knowledge and the excellent contribution they make within the NHS.’

The statement comes after GP leaders hit back at the Daily Mail article, in a letter to Pulse last week. Meanwhile BMA chair Dr Mark Porter has described Prof Thomas’s words as ‘wildly inaccurate’, and the Resilient GP group branded his article ‘downright malicious’.

Grassroots GPs have also expressed their outrage over Prof Thomas’s statements, with a GP-led petition that calls on the GMC to prevent Prof Thomas from making any further disrespectful comments about GPs to the media gaining nearly 1,400 signatures since it launched five days ago.

Prof Thomas was approached by Pulse for his response, but declined to comment.

Readers' comments (32)

  • Vinci Ho

    Ha ha ha

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  • You cannot privatise a health system with an effective primary care base . Therefore it must be destroyed . M Thomas' article is part of a concerted right wing agenda to eliminate socialist medicine .

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  • The GMC will not discipline this man. Sadly, the GMC have buckled to Government and media pressure and will overlook any anti-GP rants. How do they sleep at night??

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  • Lets get this straight. A staff member of this hospital has very publicly treated GPs with the utmost contempt. I don't think the Royal Marsden should be able to duck out of this quite so easily. They have selected him to be on their staff and when you take some one on you have to consider not only their knowledge and skills but also their attitudes. GPs should reflect on this when they consider private referrals to this hospital.

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  • Lets get this straight. A staff member of this hospital has very publicly treated GPs with the utmost contempt. I don't think the Royal Marsden should be able to duck out of this quite so easily. They have selected him to be on their staff and when you take some one on you have to consider not only their knowledge and skills but also their attitudes. GPs should reflect on this when they consider private referrals to this hospital.

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  • He qualified in 1969 so I smell his retirement being announced.

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  • Can someone do a GPcog on him before April, I think £55 prize money could be won.

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  • John Glasspool

    Declined to comment? But he is full of opinion??

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  • Hospital concerned that they will get no referrals and lose monies, hence their statement.

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  • He wrote an almost identical article for the Spectator in August 2013.

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