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Richard Smith lifts the lid on the Government's new 'war on GPs'

Richard Smith, doctor, former BMJ editor, chief executive of UnitedHealth Europe and brother of Arthur, has lifted the lid on the Government's latest salvos against GPs this week, arguing Alan Johnson et al have declared war on GPs.

Richard Smith, doctor, former BMJ editor, chief executive of UnitedHealth Europe and brother of Arthur, has lifted the lid on the Government's latest salvos against GPs this week, arguing Alan Johnson et al have declared war on GPs.

Writing in The Guardian, he describes how Ben Bradshaw turned his big guns on GPs while the GPC's top brass were solemnly celebrating the NHS's 60th anniversary at Westminster Abbey.



The assault - using the 'GPs are stifling patient choice' angle of attack - is retribution for the BMA's Support Your Surgery petition, which Alan Johnson condemned as a 'ludicrous misrepresentation' of its polyclinics policy, he claims.

And why has the Government chosen now as the moment to climb out of the trenches?

Because it's confident it can win, Mr Smith argues, because the most powerful weapons in GPs armoury - patient support and continuity of care - no longer have the same explosive power .

What do you think? Can GPs fight off this attack?

Dr Richard Smith - is the delighted, but slighly menacing, smile borne of delight at the Government's 'war on GPs'?

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