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GPs go forth

Meldrum attacks Government treatment of GPs

BMA chair Dr Hamish Meldrum launched a stinging attack on the Government's treatment of GPs, as more than 7,000 NHS workers marched through the streets of London.

Speaking out at the ‘I Love the NHS' march, which saw GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other healthcare workers unite to march from Westminster to Trafalgar Square on Saturday, he said: ‘As GPs, we're saying, stop blaming us for the NHS's problems. Stop going on about us as overpaid and not working hard enough. It's actually the GPs who have the potential to help save the NHS.'

The march was called to protest at the Government's treatment of the NHS as well as opposing fears of increasing privatization and demonisation of health service staff including GPs.

London mayor Ken Livingstone sent a message to the demonstrators by video.

He said the NHS was the "single most important social advance of my lifetime".

TUC president David Prentis told the rally: "We are here today to tell the world that we will not allow our health service to be sold off to private companies on the altar of profit."

Dr Hamish Meldrum leading the march Dr Hamish Meldrum leading the march

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