Magazine article Public Finance

Angry GPs Get Set to Fight Back

Magazine article Public Finance

Angry GPs Get Set to Fight Back

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Relations between health ministers and GPs cooled dramatically this week, despite figures showing reduced waiting times at general practices.

British Medical Association GPs' leader Hamish Meldrum called for an end to 'politically inspired doctor-bashing' and unwarranted criticism of family doctors.

GPs have been angered recently by ministers' plans to cap their pensions, and hints from Health secretary Patricia Hewitt that she would seek to limit their earnings. The BMA is launching a judicial review of the former and will strenuously oppose attempts to impose an earnings ceiling.

In a letter sent to all 42,000 GPs in the UK, Meldrum said the profession faced many threats, including NHS deficits, private sector encroachment and malicious misinformation.

'The government may feel that by blaming GPs they will divert attention from where the real blame lies. …

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