UK LMC Conference, 9th March 2018 – Liverpool

On Friday 9th March, representatives from the 5 LMCs in Lancashire & Cumbria attended the 2018 UK LMC Conference in Liverpool.  Cumbria LMC proposed a motion on examining how elements of the Scottish GP Contract offer could be incorporated into the English GP contract negotiations, which was passed.

Download the LMC Annual Conference 2018 Report by Dr Michael Hanley

Dr Stephen Hardwick, Chair of Lancashire Coastal LMC had hoped to speak in support of a motion to try to stop the “domino effect” of GP practice closures but time did not allow.  Below is a verse, based on Stanley Holloway’s original “Albert & the Lion” that he had prepared.

“Albert and the Scion” by Dr Stephen Hardwick – Lancashire Coastal LMC Chair 

There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool
That’s noted for fresh air and fun
And Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom
Moved there with young Albert, their son

A grand little lad were young Albert
All dressed in his best, quite a swell
E’d a stick with an ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle;
The finest that Woolworth’s could sell

Now Blackpool has many health problems
That have nothing to do with the sand
But a transient, sick population,
That’s the 4th most deprived in the land

The Ramsbottoms looked for a practice
For a GP to care for their ills
With a son diagnosed  A D H D
Well they had to get Albert ‘is pills

They tried at the one round the corner
And they managed to get on the list
But the one man GP was retiring
To Llandudno, to spend his days pissed

A large and attractive new clinic
Nearby, had no practice within
A result of the spiralling maintenance fees
And no source for their boy’s Ritalin

The next nearest practice was open
But had struggled to cope with the throng
Of displaced new patients, inflating their list
Making surgeries dangerously long. 

One partner was heavily pregnant
In a second stress started to tell
Then a third one announced he was moving to Melbourne
So that practice folded as well

Now desperate the Ramsbottoms sought out
Some help from their own CCG
But they couldn’t do “managed dispersal”
They’d been told not by NHSE

They suggested a new innovation
That could help stop the health care collapse
Was run by a man based in London
You consulted by using his apps!

Now Father had heard of a visit
To that clinic behind Blackpool front
By a Scion of healthcare in England
They were told was called Jeremy Hunt

The visit it seemed was quite secret
To avoid the abuse of the pack
And despite Albert’s worsening behaviour
Through a ginnel, they snuck in the back

So finding themselves in his presence
Which they knew from his Charterhouse voice
They heard talk of new staff and investment,
Of a seven days service and choice

So Mother stepped forward and stopped him
And explained their appalling ordeal
But the Scion showed bugger all interest
As their problems lacked voter appeal

He told them of lots of new funding
With a thousand GPs coming in
For all over the world, he told Albert
As he tousled his head with a grin

Now Albert knew that politicians
Should be helping the folk of the Fylde
And to see Mr Hunt grin inanely
Well it didn’t seem right to the child

So straightway the brave little feller
Not showin’ a morsel of fear
Took his stick with his ‘orse’s ‘ead ‘andle
And he shoved it up Jeremy’s rear.

‘E could tell that the Scion didn’t like it
For giving a kind of a roar
He jumped out the window and legged it
And he won’t come to Blackpool no more!