A hung parliament, a GP MP, a clearout of Labour’s health ministers and still no indication who’s going to form the next Government. Let us know what you’ve made of the 2010 general election.
So, the votes have been counted, and for the first time since 1974, Britain has a hung parliament. GP Dr Sarah Wollaston is among the new intake finding their offices in the House of Commons this morning, having been elected as the new Conservative MP for Totnes in Devon.
It was bad news though for the incumbents at the Department of Health, with four junior ministers losing their seats as Labour MPs (even if they’re still in post temporarily). Phil Peverley for one is not sorry to see them go – although he’s far from optimstic about what comes next. And the Jobbing Doctor too predicts a bleak future for GPs, whoever takes power. ‘At this moment, the pipe, slippers and cardigan are looking very appealing,’ he says.
But now, we want to hear from you – please let us know what you think in the comments. What did you make of the 2010 general election (or the first 2010 general election, if the if the pundits are to be believed…) Who would you like to see as the next health secretary?
And what, if anything, does it all mean for general practice?
Election 2010 Election 2010 Key health stories from the 2010 general election campaign
12 April – Tories promise Sunday access to GPs
15 April – Off-message GP confronts PM on cancer pledge
23 April – Parties clash over NHS cuts
4 May – GPs in political row over cuts