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GPs have been unfairly attacked, says outgoing NHS chief

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3739 (Published 07 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3739
  1. Adrian O’Dowd

GPs have been unfairly attacked by politicians and the media, the outgoing chief executive of the NHS in England has told managers.

David Nicholson, who recently announced that he would retire in March 2014,1 told an audience of NHS managers that he had been “incensed” about recent attacks on GPs and accusations—including from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt—that changes to their out of hours work in the 2004 GP contract had resulted in recent pressure on emergency departments.2

Nicholson gave a frank speech at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Liverpool on 6 June, in which he openly criticised politicians of all parties and talked about …

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