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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Traditional values backed

GPs at the conference launched an impassioned defence of the traditional values of general practice. LMCs approved a series of motions affirming the specialism of general practice and condemning Government suggestions GPs were to blame for NHS deficits.

GPs also complained they were suffering from change

fatigue and demanded future NHS reforms be adequately

trialled before implementation.

Dr Eric Rose from Buckinghamshire LMC said he was proud to be a GP. He said

GPs had been criticised for

costing money through high achievement in the QOF –

even though it was evidence-based.

'Which is more than can be said for NHS Direct and Choose and Book – that's why money gets wasted, and where is the evidence for that?'

Dr John Dracass from

West Hampshire LMC said

the Government continued to 'deride the work of GPs with

the pejorative term over-performance, as if the achievement

of a signed, sealed contract

is in some way reprehensible'.

Dr Robert Sadler from Kent LMC told the conference constant reforms in the NHS were causing 'chronic change fatigue syndrome'.

But GPs voted down claims that 'family doctors are fast

becoming an endangered spe-cies' and that GPSIs 'denigrate the specialism of general

practice'.

Dr Marcus Bicknell from Nottinghamshire LMC, speaking against the motion on GPSIs, said: 'I believe that GPSIs enhance general practice and they do not denigrate it.'

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