Please stop referring to "Top GP's" You are a Blue top, not a Red top and the classification is contentious.
As usual from our metropolitan based leaders, not a mention of how rural/semi-rural practice is supposed to comply with the agenda, and no consideration of the value of continuity of care. Small practices are usually highly valued by the community that they serve, and dispensing practice is relatively cost-effective and much appreciated by patients.
I thanked you for your efforts on behalf of General Practice while at the LMC conference Liverpool. Glad to have had that opportunity, you will be sorely missed.
Entirely agree with all above. We are not in a position certify fitness to drive and should not do so, no matter what fee is offered. We also do not have the time available to do so.
The greatest concern is yet another example of how detached from reality our political leaders are, from both sides of the divide. The damage this could do to precious Dr/patient relationships is incalculable, and the potential medico-lagal backlash appalling.
As stated at the emergency LMC conference this time last year, this is much more about the medico-legal threat than the fees. Putting the emphasis on fees could be interpreted that we collude with the policing aspect, as emphasised by Sax Imomoz above. We are returning all of these requests to the police, at the risk of upsetting local farmers (a profession with a high suicide risk, similar to doctors)
nowhere in this rhetoric is there a mention of the value of continuity of care, a cornerstone of partnership-driven care in rural areas. It is not possible to have 7/7 8-8 access and continuity, and most sick patients would put continuity first!
Paul,as someone who has worked in a nearby rural practice in the Weald of Kent for the last 30yrs I concur with most of your comments and thankyou for your local leadership and commitment to General Practice. I also realise that had I worn a beard through most of my career, then shaved it off near the end and had a decent photograph taken, I too might look younger and fresher than I did 20 years ago. Well done!