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Gorgeous Gordon hits the ground running

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As I write the Labour Party conference is drawing to a close. All too quickly Tony Blair has gone to oblivion and all eyes are on Gorgeous Gordon (Brown) and Adorable Alan (Johnson).
Even though we still have the Labour Party in power, we have a whole cabinet of new ministers and with it a shift in policies, views and perspectives. We might as well have a new Government.
Anyway, we heard clear health messages from Bournemouth. Gordon and Alan are calling for a long list of health initiatives, so there is much work to do at managerial level and the front line where nurses, doctors and therapists provide the art and science of their disciplines.

I like what I hear. A renewed commitment to reducing unacceptable health inequalities is called for and since we have documentation on a similar message as far back as 1920, we seem to be taking forever to ensure that people in deprived areas receive high-quality GP services.
The poor need the best possible primary care, not the worst or the least. We that wonderful primary care can help the poor be more healthy and enjoy a higher quality of life - giving better life chances to families and communities.

In time we may well see different providers start to provide primary care in deprived rural and urban areas. Does it matter? Not as long as the services provide what local people want and need.

It was encouraging to learn that Gordon Brown's inaugural speech included references to district nursing, health visiting and general practice. The community is clearly not forgotten and we will all strive - those of us who are addicted to primary care - to do all we can to achieve the progress we all wish to see.

On top of the world of politics, nurses also need to get their minds around Modernising Nursing Careers and develop views on how the future community nurse can best be prepared to fulfil her potential in a very different society then that enjoyed by her mother and grandmother.
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