Responding to the news that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care failed to speak at the Royal College of GPs conference today, Dr Farah Jameel, from the BMA's GP committee executive team, said:
"The fact that Sajid Javid failed to keep his promise to address doctors at the Royal College of GPs' Conference today tells you everything we need to know about this Health Secretary. He is running scared of speaking to the profession face-to-face because he knows his plan is, in reality, no plan at all.
"The Secretary of State had the perfect opportunity today to stand up and defend his so-called 'rescue package' and hear first-hand what GPs thought of it. But ducking out of the conference shows he wasn't willing, or in reality, able to defend the indefensible.
"This assortment of half-baked promises and an overriding desire by the Government to name and shame surgeries won't improve general practice for doctors or their patients but it will lead to more patients suffering and more GPs leaving the profession. Sajid Javid hasn't thrown a lifeline for GPs, he's cast adrift general practice into the sea of abandonment, indifference and despair."
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