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Meldrum making best of a bad job

It was sadly inevitable that some people would seek to make political capital out of the involvement of Dr Hamish Meldrum in the Bridlington polyclinic ('Meldrum's perfect timing on Darzi centre bid').

Indeed Ben Bradshaw claimed it was a 'vote of confidence from the head of the BMA in the new GP-led health centre programme'.

In reality it was a fine example of the fact that, whatever political interference is imposed on local decision-making, GPs will put aside their personal views and try to make the system, however flawed, work for patients.

The overwhelming view among health professionals and managers in East Yorkshire is that the money the centre will cost would have been far better invested in existing services, but this was prevented by central decree. It is this inappropriate imposition of central politically driven initiatives on local health services that the BMA rightly opposes.

Dr Meldrum is typical of doctors throughout the NHS in his determination to do his best for patients in a situation not of his own making, while knowing he would face criticism for it.

He should be applauded not criticised.

From Dr Andrew Green, member of the GPC and a GP in Hedon, East Yorkshire

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