What would you ask Alan Johnson?
It’s not perhaps a description that some BMA bigwigs would appreciate, but when Health Secretary Alan Johnson heads to BMA House tonight, it’s going to feel very much like stepping into the lion’s den.
By Steve Nowottny
It's not perhaps a description that some BMA bigwigs would appreciate, but when Health Secretary Alan Johnson heads to BMA House tonight, it's going to feel very much like stepping into the lion's den.
Many senior BMA members get on very well with Mr Johnson on a personal level, of course, and so when it comes to the meet and greet before the concluding lecture in the Westminster Political Series 2009, he can expect a friendly reception.
But on matters of substance – particularly matters of substance relating to general practice – there have been repeated disagreements. Extended hours, GP pay, regulation, the private sector – in geographical terms, the Department of Health to BMA House may be a short taxi ride, but politically they are miles apart.
There will be grassroots GPs in the audience, as well as senior BMA figures, and if last week's event with Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley is anything to go by, there will be the opportunity for questions.
So today, I'm throwing it open to you. The Secretary of State is in front of you, and you have one question. What do you ask?Health Secretary Alan Johnson Health Secretary Alan Johnson Recent posts
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