Medicopolitical Digest

Former BMA chairman leaves NHSGPs drop opposition to end point assessment of traineesRevised patient's charter promises shorter waiting timesConsultants plan for sanctions over local payImprovements announced for health promotion

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:264
  1. Linda Beecham

    Former BMA chairman leaves NHS

    Dr Jeremy Lee-Potter, chairman of the BMA council from 1990 to 1993, is to retire early from the NHS because he is disillusioned with the government's response to doctors' concerns about its policies on the NHS. Writing in this month's issue of BMA News Review Dr Lee-Potter says that the present government is so in the grip of political dogma that it will not respond to any approach from the profession. “We are faced with an intransigent and unpopular government which continues to trample on our professionalism and ignore our advice.”

    He said that for three years he tried to reestablish a working relationship with the government. But he failed, and he believed that the present chairman, Dr Sandy Macara, would also fail because the political dogma was that all forms of central administration should be replaced wherever possible by markets.

    “Cannot health secretary Virginia Bottomley and her colleagues see the dangers of subjugating the profession?” he asks. “Being a doctor is not the same as being a business executive or an advertising man or an industrial worker.”

    Dr Lee-Potter says that neither Mrs Bottomley nor his successor are likely to be allowed to do anything radically sensible about any of the issues which have forced the profession into confrontation. For this reason he believes that a Labour government may offer the best hope for doctors and the NHS.

    The minister for health, Mr Gerald Malone, said that Dr Lee-Potter was describing a health service that he did not recognise.

    GPs drop opposition to end point assessment of trainees

    The General Medical Services Committee has reversed its decision taken a year ago that the proposals from the Joint …

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