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May the Lord help us

Had the gods – or rather, the BMA council – decided differently a few months ago, Dr Sam Everington would have found himself this week heading up the profession’s reaction to Lord Darzi’s sweeping review of the NHS.

Had the gods – or rather, the BMA council – decided differently a few months ago, Dr Sam Everington would have found himself this week heading up the profession's reaction to Lord Darzi's sweeping review of the NHS.

Instead, the former BMA election candidate and deputy chair has been chosen as one of four GPs who will help spearhead the part-time surgeon's root-and-branch overhaul of the health service.

Alongside NHS Alliance chief Dr Mike Dixon, outgoing RCGP leader Professor Mayur Lakhani and Sir John Oldham, he will be the conduit between the Government and the views of grassroots GPs.

Will GPs be heard?

But now that Dr Everington and co are working hand in hand with the Government, will they ensure that the voices of frontline GPs are heard?

They will need to do a better job than the group behind another report out with week.

The NHS Confederation and the JMCC, supposedly representing the views of the BMA among others, accused GPs of too much moaning and not enough commitment to the NHS.

Dr Everington and his colleagues must be careful they don't go too native – and that their presence as Government advisers is not merely a token gesture.

Then perhaps GPs will be convinced that the Lord is looking down and listening.

Lord Darzi, that is.

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