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Time for the GPC and RCGP to get into bed together

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It really is time for Maureen Baker to get into bed with Chaand Nagpaul.

OK, stop right there. You do know what a metaphor is, don’t you? That was one, just then. And you know it. So stop your pathetic sniggering.

We have a message here that isn’t just mixed, it’s confused to the point of off-its-legs-incontinent

The thing is, on the one hand we have the LMCs going all militant over the fact that the General Practice Forward View is a steaming plate of cack, though I doubt that’s going to be the actual wording on the ballot papers.

And on the other, we have the RCGP setting up ‘ambassadors’ to make sure this very same steaming plate of cack is promoted on local commissioning boards.

This is perplexing, and not just because, as one Pulse reporter commented, the CCGs are unlikely to be swayed by a box of Ferrero Rocher. The issue is, obviously, that we have a message here that isn’t just mixed, it’s confused to the point of off-its-legs-incontinent.

I know that the GPC is supposed to do the political negotiating while the RCGP is supposed to focus on improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training, but I also realise that there inevitably will be areas of overlap. I know that, but I’m not sure the GPC and RCGP do. If they did, then surely they’d be communicating, with the result that the profession’s response to the GP Forward View wouldn’t be about as co-ordinated as the average cerebellar stroke.

Come on chaps and chapesses. It’s going to be hard enough to mount credible industrial action without being sabotaged by the college’s army of Ferrero-flinging ambassadors.

So Chaand and Maureen, let’s have you singing from the same hymn sheet, please. Yes, that’s another metaphor, but one less likely to make us feel so queasy.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield


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  • So true.
    All Doctors work in their own tribes and none of them are friendly to outsiders. Mind you look at the splits in the Tories and Labour

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  • we concur.

    - anonymous salaried!

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  • Vinci Ho

    The castle was never conquered from outside but demolished by those inside instead......

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  • Dear All,
    Tis ever thus, I resigned from the College when they got it wrong in 1990. Been getting it wrong almost continuously ever since. This latest nonsense just epitomises how distant they are. I used to think of Maureen as being a bit of a good egg, more like the curates now.
    What on earth do the College think they are doing?
    Paul C

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  • The College Grandees are out of touch with the grass root GP's, as they sit in their academic ivory castles.
    Likewise I dropped my RCGP membership in the early 1990's as its proponents appeared to be living on a different planet to me and my job.
    Ever since the 1980's they've pushed their pet clinical projects into some politician's ear and ended up driving up unrealistic demands on all GP's when it's become under resourced policy.
    If they really do stand for improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training, all of which have suffered under recent governments, then why haven't they been more vocal?
    They hide behind the mantra that such dissent is for the BMA to do, which is a complete cop out. They could be more vocal and potentially more effective, but I guess they're waiting for their gongs and lifetime achievement awards.

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  • I spoke to a room full of ST3s in the East Midlands today.

    The six out of twenty who intend to continue in UK GP all told me they will not pay a bean to the RCGP once they have their CCT. I offered only polite acknowledgement that in their position I'd do the same ( I'd actually be among the nine who are off Down Under).

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  • I too resigned from the College when Steve Field was in charge. I fundamentally disagreed with him then and do now. The sadness is that many of the academics do not spend long enough at the coalfield to understand the problems. There seems to be a certain amount of contempt for those who actually do the job. As a young GP I was advised to try and change things by doing it from within but I soon realised that those in charge were a self selecting club. If they really wish to promote General Practice it is time for unity in a common cause. Divided we fall!

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  • The literal dire consequence of making these two institutions bed partners could be a monster more frightening than a Godzilla. BTW, Godzilla is cute but the version coming out from this marriage will certainly be a monster out of proportions.

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  • The RCGP doesn't have a clue - for goodness sake save your membership fees from this useless organisation!

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder