The true heroes are the GPs on the ground
I am very flattered to have been named a true champion of general practice in 2008 for my decision to resign from my local PEC in protest at the imposition of a Darzi centre. However, there are far more deserving recipients.
I refer to countless of my colleagues often working in inadequate accommodation, unsupported by their PCT, who over the past few years have seen practice incomes tumble as workloads increase, suffered constant insipid criticism from central Government, and who now face a polyclinic on their doorstep. A polyclinic that will have far greater resources allocated to it than they could ever dream of.
Yet despite this they struggle on in their own quiet way fighting the system in order to give their patients the best possible care. I salute you one and all.
From Dr Andy Black, Leominster, Herefordshire