About the Author
Dr Peter Davies BSc (Hons), MBChB (Leeds 1989), Diploma in Primary Health Care, FRCGP, is a GP Principal at Keighley Road Surgery, Illingworth, Halifax. He also serves as a GP appraiser for Calderdale PCT, is Chair of the Yorkshire Faculty of The Royal College of General Practitioners and is a Yorkshire Faculty representative on the RCGP Council. He writes regularly for medical publications, including the British Medical Journal and the British Journal of General Practice. The views expressed in this publication are his own. James Gubb is Director of the Health Unit at Civitas. After graduating in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St John s College, Oxford, he worked briefly in criminal law, before joining Civitas in June 2006, where he has worked on European issues and health policy. His previous publications on health include Just how well are we? , Why are we waiting? and Checking up on Doctors: a review of the Quality and Outcomes Framework . He is a regular contributor to print, broadcast and healthcare media.