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GPs condemn Labour for failing the NHS

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1295
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    GPs at their annual meeting in London last week sent a resounding message of no confidence in the UK government's handling of the NHS, with the secretary of state singled out for what one representative described as “squandering millions of taxpayers' money . . . and the goodwill of a dedicated profession.”

    The motion of no confidence in both the government and Patricia Hewitt, proposed “with regret” by Eric Rose, a GP in Milton Keynes, was carried overwhelmingly by the conference of representatives of local medical committees. Referring to the catchphrase of entrepreneur Sir Alan Sugar in the television show The Apprentice, Dr Rose said, “I hope we will hear some very Sugary words [when Gordon Brown reshuffles the cabinet]—you're fired!” to great applause.

    “Ten years ago when Labour came to power, I, …

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