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At the heart of general practice since 1960

3. Dr Mark Porter

Chair, BMA

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The consultant anaesthetist does not mince his words when it comes to fighting GPs’ corner.

He started off his tenure in 2012 by pledging to defend doctors against “unprecendent attack” from Government.

And among a long list of criticisms of the Government this year, Dr Porter has accused ministers of turning GPs into ‘border guards’ by introducing fees for non-EU migrants and fragmenting the NHS.

He has also slammed Labour for its ‘politically motivated’ idea to introduce a 48-hour GP access target.

At the BMA Annual Representative Conference he accused the Government of a double pronged attack by opening up the health service to private providers while simultaneously inflicting cuts. He argued doctors would ‘fight every day’ until the general election to expose the chronic lack of investment in the NHS.

With debt-ridden hospitals facing special measures and general practice warning of the worst crisis in its history, this year he will not be short of things to shout about.

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  • The GPs have had a raw deal fro a long time. It is time to support them and provide more resources for them to help their patients.
    They work very hard throughout the year and provide an excellent service to the public but the public read the rubbish printed in the daily papers and brand every one with the same brush.
    The GPs deserve every penny they earn and should be commended for their excellent work . Their prompt interventions are keeping several thousand patients out of hospitals thus preventing unnecessary admissions and bed blockage.
    They deserve much more credit than they are getting at present.

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  • The GPs have had a raw deal for a long time. It is time to support them and provide more resources for them to help their patients.
    They work very hard throughout the year and provide an excellent service to the public but the public read the rubbish printed in the daily papers and brand every one with the same brush.
    The GPs deserve every penny they earn and should be commended for their excellent work . Their prompt interventions are keeping several thousand patients out of hospitals thus preventing unnecessary admissions and bed blockage.
    They deserve much more credit than they are getting at present.

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  • Margaret Thatcher restored the authority against sectoral interests, the trade unions and we have not one GP who can stand against the corporate take over of the NHS

    She didn't care what others think about her with her thinly disguised contempt.

    maybe I'm too optimistic about our RCGP president.
    I know you roam the halls of power

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