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LMCs call for heads of Johnson and Darzi

By Steve Nowottny

LMCs have defied advice from GPC leaders and called for the heads of Health Secretary Alan Johnson and health minister Lord Darzi over their treatment of general practice.

The resignation demand followed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the ‘UK Government's stewardship of the NHS', in fiery scenes at the LMCs conference in central London.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman, who went on to deliver the BMA's 1.2 million signature patient petition to Downing Street, pleaded with delegates to vote against the resignation motions, arguing that opposition should focus around policies rather than individuals.

‘We don't do personal,' he said. ‘We can argue with health policy, we can have no confidence in it. But the individual is doing his job, that's all,'

But LMCs veteran Dr Eric Rose, a GP in Milton Keynes and proposer of the motion calling for Mr Johnson's resignation, said: ‘Since when has just doing your job been an excuse for bad behaviour?'

‘When somebody bullies me into accepting one of two bad offers, I regard that as personal.'

The resignation calls followed a series of outspoken protests against Government health policy, with GPs queuing up to denounce Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review.

Dr Paul Hobday, a GP in Maidstone, representing Kent LMC, opposed the ‘no confidence' motion – but only on the grounds that it did not go far enough.

‘This motion lacks a few choice words – charlatans, unprincipled, conniving,' he said.

Message in a box: 1.2 million signatures and calls for heads to roll Message in a box: 1.2 million signatures and calls for heads to roll

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