GPs who disapproved NHS reform are willing to collaborateCurrent affairs
The GPs have succumbed to David Cameron’s obstinacy seeking a mutual way forward following the government’s resolute stance in implementing the NHS reforms bills.
David Cameron received letter from the Royal College of General Practitioners, one of the strongest opponents of the health and social care bill, requesting more talks with the opposing parties prior to employing the new bill.
Many commentators see the letter as an “olive branch” provided by the RCGP however, the spokesperson for RCGP reiterated the organisation’s unwelcome outlook on the reform.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the RCGP chair, Dr Clare Gerada, justified the letter stating that “whatever happens, 33,000 GPs out there are going to have to implement them”.
The letter sent to the Prime Minister last week by Dr Clare Gerada requests focusing on common grounds rather than the contradictory ideas.
The letter reads: “We both share a passion for the NHS and we all want to find a way of improving it. We have common ground: we’ve long said that we want a clinically led, professionally managed health service. The College has welcomed the Government’s commitment to placing GPs at the heart of decision-making. We also share a priority to reduce health inequalities.”
“I am therefore writing to you in the hope that we can find an acceptable way forward in which the Royal College of General Practitioners is able to work with the Government towards the future stability of the NHS in England and where we can help you find a way through the tensions to achieve a better health service for our patients.”
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, urged the MPs of all parties to “recognise the concerns” and “reject the bill” when the bill returns to the House of Lords while MPs stage an opposition day debate in the Commons.