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Outspoken GP to aid Darzi

A GP who only recently accused ministers of 'shameful' treatment of the profession has been handed the job of overseeing Lord Darzi's shake-up of access.

Dr Sam Everington, former BMA deputy chair and recently defeated BMA leadership candidate, will be expected to help develop primary care strategy with other leading GPs on Lord Darzi's new advisory board.

Dr Everington, a GP in Bow, east London, had attacked the Department of Health for freezing GPs' pay when its £11m Patient Experience survey showed they provided 'good access'.

But, speaking after being given the role, Dr Everington said he believed the advisory board showed the Government was 'committed to involving GPs' in primary care development, and that he hoped GPs would react with enthusiasm.

Also on the board are Dr Mike Dixon, Sir John Oldham, Professor Mayur Lakhani and Dr David Colin-Thome.

Dr Sam Everington: will advise Lord Darzi on GP access Dr Sam Everington: will advise on GP access

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