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GPs urged to show ‘Churchillian spirit’

GPs should be more willing to dip into their own pockets to help protect patient care, the chair of the NHS Alliance has said. 

Dr Michael Dixon called for GPs to show ‘red-blooded passion’ and ‘Churchillian spirit’, giving the example of his own practice, where partners have self-funded a health facilitator to organise public health initiatives for the past few years.

He told Pulse: ‘I am not saying that this is what we should all do, that we should reduce our pay. But what I am saying is that there is a bit of give and take here and what really matters is that these things happen. I think we need to summon up that Herculean, Churchillian spirit that we had in prior years.’

Dr Dixon’s comments came as a new-look NHS Alliance was unveiled at the conference. It will focus on advising GP members wanting to take advantage of ‘the full effect of clinical commissioning’ by getting together across practice boundaries to deliver additional services as companies or social enterprises.

But GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘Spirit and passion do not pay the staff nor develop premises. They do not enable days to lengthen to 28 hours. Sadly, Churchill is dead.’

Readers' comments (25)

  • Completely out of touch and needs a reminder that general practice is a funded service - imagine asking the encroaching private sector to work for free. Wake up and smell the coffee Dr Dixon

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  • The NHS Alliance has gone into partnership with the NAPC. They were the 2 key cheerleaders that helped the Health and Social Care Act acheive royal assent.
    They are not represetative of GPs or the profession. The NAPC arose out of the Conservative Medical Society.
    It is time that these organisations and their leaders were held to account for their cheerleading of NHS reforms, which are designed to dismantle the NHS and hand over large swathes of it to the private sector.
    It is very telling the Dixon of NHS Alliance and the NAPC leadership are now in such prominent positions.
    I think GPs should be asking exactly how many GPs belong to these organisations. We also need to know who funds them. Let's have some transparency

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  • Really sorry, Michael, but my charitable donations are already sorted for this year. Ask me later. Bye.

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  • GPs in the south have, for years, been dipping into their own pockets to keep the NHS going

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  • "imagine asking the encroaching private sector to work for free."

    General Practice is the private sector.

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  • OBE on the way anytime soon ?

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  • I agree with Peter Swinyard. I work in a small rural practice and I cant see how we are going to survive the NCB changes in the next few years never mind digging deep into our pockets.

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  • The man is a complete idiot we have been subsidising nhs got past 5 years. I presume this article was published to wind us all up, looks like it has worked!

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  • Well I don't agree with what I am supposed to have said either. It certainly didn't include "GPs should be more willing to dig in to their own pockets to help protect patient care". I cited my partners contributing personally to our practice's health initiatives as something that other practices should not be expected to do Certainly we have to take our fair share of financial hardship and commission heroically in spite...but currently as GPs we are not being treated fairly. Increasing workload and decreasing income are not sustainable.

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  • If Dr Dixon has been quoted out of context for the purposes of journalistic soundbite, as he appears to state abouve, I think Pulse should retract the artictle and offer an apology to him.

    We have enough misery heaped on us by the current government without artifically creating rifts between GPs. Shame on you, Pulse.

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