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Senior GP hits out at King's Fund inquiry

By Steve Nowottny

A major 18-month inquiry into the quality of care in general practice set up last month by health policy charity the King's Fund is an attack on primary care which will ‘demotivate GPs', a senior BMA figure warned this week.

Dr Kailash Chand, a member of the GPC and BMA Council and a GP in Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire, accused the inquiry of having ‘underlying prejudices' and being run by ‘a bunch of academics looking for errors and poor performance.'

‘You should have an ‘inquiry' if you think that something has gone wrong, but general practice in the UK is the ‘jewel in the crown of the NHS'…why then do we need an inquiry?' he said.

But Dr Nick Goodwin, senior fellow at the King's Fund, hit back, arguing that the inquiry would be overseen by a panel of four practising GPs.

‘This inquiry is certainly not intended as a another stick with which to beat the medical profession,' he said.

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