I thank Dr Begg for his response
In my 500 word column i did no more than signpost and distil what a whole range of GPs had told me in response to my soliciting their views. That is not "coming to reductionist conclusions" it's merely taking a conversational wander through the responses i received, not an attempt to produce a systematic review.
With regard to GPs being as diverse in range of roles and skills as hospital doctor, i could not have been clearer in my column that this was the case and GPs and Practices, settings and populations as heterogenous.
With regard to the House of Lords Committee on NHS sustainability i very explicitly referenced this in my column and was equally clear that many GPs felt that the kind of conclusions it came too were politically motivated and not endorsed by GPs themselves. And i am well aware that the committee was heavily crtiicised for taking little evidence from GPs whilst at the same time coming to what appeared to be a predetermined condemnation of General Practice
If he has the time and inclination, i would commend Dr Begg to read the range of eloquent and persuasive rapid responses all written by GPs themselves which i tried to distil in writing this column.
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