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In full: GP Survival’s call for Dr Arvind Madan’s resignation

Pressure group GP Survival is collecting signatures for an open letter calling on NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan to resign, in light of his comments that GPs should be pleased to see small practices close.

Open letter from Chair GP Survival and petition to Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health) and Simon Stevens (Chief Exec NHSE) calling for resignation of Dr Arvind Madan from role as Director of Primary Care of NHS England.

Dear Mr Hancock and Mr Stevens

The members of GPSurvival* are requesting that Dr Arvind Madan is removed from his position as NHS England Director of Primary Care, following his attributable comments in an article in Pulse, and now reported in mainstream media, where he sees the failure of small GP practices to survive in the current climate as something ‘most GPs would welcome as market rationalisation’.

When challenged on this view by interview he stands by these comments. His position is based on no hard evidence of benefit of larger practices other than his personal belief, and is an insult to the efforts of hardworking colleagues in small practices who deliver the excellent high quality care to their patients, and who via delivery of personal continuity of care over many years improve health and reduce long-term costs to the NHS.

We believe that he has damaged the confidence of GPs and his continued position, especially for those working in smaller practices, is incompatible with helping build their confidence to invest and recruit, and further demoralises our profession, at a time when we are already facing significant challenges.

Dr Madan, while working as a partner in the Hurley Group, one of the largest practices in England, has demonstrated a clear conflict of interest in expressing his ambivalence to support smaller practices and may stand to benefit personally by pursuing an agenda of small practice merger and consolidation for the Hurley Group.

We feel that his position as NHS England Director of Primary Care is no longer compatible with serving the needs of all practices in NHS England and we demand that a replacement is sought urgently who is more sympathetic to the survival of all practices.

Yours sincerely

Dr Alan Woodall

Chair of GPSurvival (UK)

*GPSurvival is a grassroots member organisation representing the interests of over 8,000 GPs in the United Kingdom

Readers' comments (8)

  • Go for it Dr Woodall.
    The unmentionable is only suitable as a 'wrecking ball'

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  • Please sign the thread that this letter appears on, on the GP Survival FB Page

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  • Toothless barking will get you nowhere. Might make you feel a bit better though 😂

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  • Well done indeed. I raised this as an issue with my LMC who didn't seem bothered at all.

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  • Opinions are like arseholes- everybody has one and thinks every other one stinks. Dr Madan is just a larger, more prominent one whose aroma permeates further. I do not wish he had anal atresia.

    Has anyone seen is CV? Qualified 1991 and GP partner by 1995.Clearly a long and deep apprenticeship which affords him boundless confidence in patient evaluation leaving him with no desire to spend time away from patient contact.Bless him.

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  • at long last..... lets rally on chaps, i have been speaking out in our ccg meetings for years with no support whatsoever from my colleagues lets get these bastards out, remove the whole lot including NHS England and take it over. Time for revolution and standing strong. WE are supposed to be the cream instead we act like we are the putrid part of milk gone off at the bottom.

    A man can dream cant he???

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  • Why do the 7 previous comments come from anonymous users? Isn't it time for pulse to remove the anonymous posting function?

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