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Is it time for primary care tsar to go?

Maybe Dr David Colin-Thome, the primary care tsar, is starting to believe he is a politican rather than a clinician (News, May 3).

In my experience clinicians tell their patients the truth. It is politicians who use misinformation and half-truths. Since he now says he was being deliberately provocative he clearly fits the latter category.

When people think they can behave as patronisingly as this it is time for them to go. Did he do this to get a pat on the back from his political masters?

Of course the targets benefit patients, that is why we are trying to achieve them. We all want to see patients benefit and it is part of our role to ensure they do so.

I have just carried out 10 GP appraisals and was impressed by the GPs not whingeing but working very conscientiously and hard. Is the tsar suggesting otherwise?

Dr Canice Garrett


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