An unpolitical politician

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:532
  1. Jane Smith

    “Morale was at rock bottom; numbers were falling, workload was rising.” If it wasn't for the past tense this could have been any of Britain's GP leaders speaking about the current state of affairs in general practice. In fact it was said by Kenneth Robinson, minister for health in Harold Wilson's Labour government of 1964, who died last week. Robinson was the minister responsible for negotiating with the BMA over the general practice charter of 1966, and he made the remarks quoted above when reflecting, some 20 years later, on the state of general practice in the early 1960s.

    GPs are unhappy at the moment—witness the Royal College of General Practitioners' recent paper on the nature of general practice …

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