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100 GPs sign letter on Pulse telling Prime Minister general practice is 'not safe'

Over 100 GPs have co-signed a letter warning Prime Minister David Cameron that general practice is no longer safe for patients, and telling him to start treating NHS staff with more respect. 

The letter from Tower Hamlets GP partner and LMC member Dr Naomi Beer, published on Pulse only last night, argues that the NHS is not safe in Mr Cameron’s hands and urges him to start listening to GPs to find a remedy to the situation.

Dr Beer, whose practice launched a campaign to stop closures resulting from MPIG cuts in 2014, said Mr Cameron must stop ‘misrepresenting evidence’ to ’suit his ideologies’, while treating NHS staff ‘with contempt’.

She says Mr Cameron ’appears blind and deaf’ to what is happening around him, with ’doctors and nurses who are burned out, shattered, sick and exiting’ and this is why GPs at the Special LMC Conference last week voted to ‘if it comes to it, tender mass resignation’.

She concludes: ’Both the fault and the remedy is at your door. Money is needed but money alone will not get them back. Prime Minister, confidence is the precious resource you need to regain.

’Come to my practice and speak to my patients and I will show you how. But I urge you to be open to hearing some hard truths, because the health service is not currently safe in your hands and your legacy could be the start of its destruction.’

It comes after GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned in a barnstorming speech at the Special LMC conference that general practice is now ‘in a state of emergency’.

At the conference, delegates voted in favour of GPC canvassing GPs on their willingness to submit undated resignations unless the Government agrees with the GPC on a rescue deal for general practice within six months.

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If you would like to co-sign this letter with Dr Beer, then please click here and place your name in the comment box below the letter. All names will be included with the letter when it is sent to 10 Downing Street later this month.



Readers' comments (16)

  • Don't you think if he actually cared he would have done something about this years ago?

    I mean come on we've known since even before lansley came in that the Tories policies were incapable of keeping the NHS going

    Writing a letter to the pm is pointless, it's the media and public that need to be galvanised.

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  • I am a GP partner in City & Hackney, and completely agree that the current workload, lack of resources, and working environment feels in crisis and no longer safe.

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  • A letter will not achieve anything. The LMC had the chance to take some action but that was a fm half hearted effort.

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  • Agree with above
    100 odd cardies signing another petition about a done deal
    Might as well piss into the wind

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  • It seems any critisism of all this is removed by the moderator but I will try again. I see nothing wrong with pointing out that Dr Beer is not an elected leader so please do not "moderate" this out.
    I cannot see the point of Dr Beer’s letter. David Cameron is aware of every single issue listed and the opening line about him being away whilst the conference took place is frankly patronising. We have elected the GPC to represent our views. If the GPC is ineffective then we should say so. And I do say so! But that does not mean that anyone else should assume that they can represent us all instead or in tandem.
    In my view the only way we will have any real influence is by resigning our contracts. Sending letters with hollow threats actually undermines our credibility.
    Please do not remove this posting just because if flies in the face of the in-crowd's view.

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  • Dr Beer's practice advertises 7 days GP services and criticises the "push for seven day services".

    Pick one, FFS

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  • Thank you to 11.47.
    I pointed out this contradiction earlier today and had my comment silently removed. Thank you for spotting the same. I am bothered by the power status that Dr Beer has aquired - by virtue of media, rather than peer, approval it seems. Good luck to Dr Beer if she felt that sustaining her practice was the right thing to do. That does not make her my hero as I believe it was absolutely the wrong thing to do. If I had been in her shoes I would have said “OK, let it fold.” That sort of action might have helped to highlight the very real crisis that general practice is in. Her practice’s plight was an early warning alarm that sadly, was silenced. If she chooses to be a local hero then fine that is up to her and I respect her decision. What I do not respect is this media ordained authority and leadership which she now seems to have.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Cameron giveth not a poo: in his view, and that of his Old Etonian chums the NHS is basically for poor people and needs to be a minimally funded safety net only.

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  • I suggest that this open letter to the PM is sent to the newspapers to publish in full; hopefully at least one of them will print it; the more this message is put out to the public the more leverage the message will have.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Chaand and Naomi
    (1)History re-writes all the time . At any extraordinary point of the timeline , when there is a revolution against the hierarchy , the leaders were always put on the spot . While there is an agreement of who the 'common enemy' is , the ideologies of how to oppose differ from each other immensely . One camp would say some others were too 'radical' and those others would condemn back they were not 'vigorous' enough, too 'soft'. Ultimately , the whole opposition camp is often subjected to further and further cell divisions.
    (2)As civilisation advances , politics in this part of the world has been developed and incorporated into this so called 'democracy' in contrast to monarchy , oligarchy and totalitarianism .
    There is nothing called perfect system. The representative politics is always an indirect democracy relying on election and views of so called majority. Question is how big is the majority ? At the same time , a rule of this game is that voters are required to 'respect' the outcome of any ballot or election (not everybody's cup of tea, I suppose!) . Of course , the temptation is to call it 'democracy' if it goes along with one's wish and label it 'non-democratic' when it doesn't.Ultimately , people can revert to 'direct' democracy , form groups to take actions as long as they are still within the boundary of the law.
    (3) I suppose that is why it is so hard to be the opposition leaders at these extraordinary times ,trying to galvanise all groups up against the common enemy. Further 'cell divisions' created more leaders but run the risk of negative returns .
    (4) Internet has changed the complexion completely allowing more freedom of publication and speech but also intensifying polarities of views. Everybody is allowed to set up his/her own platform on Internet but the owner of the webpage always has the right to lay down ground rules as well as 'wiping the page'. In simple term, this is a 'private party'.
    (5) Extraordinary times need extraordinary measures . I suppose there is only a fine line between leadership and dictatorship ......

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