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
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.'