Don't worry. One social prescriber, one pharmacist and one physiotherapist per PCN will make up for the experienced GPs reducing their hours.
I suspect this hands off way of practising general practice can only survive when the tax payer picks up the cost of indemnity insurance. Funny that.
Shefdoc why aren't you proud to be British? I am a 2nd gen immigrant. The UK on the whole looks after all it's citizens equally regardless of income or race or disability , which is a proud achievement. Of course , this very fact may have led to brexit when the money got tight but that is something which the politicians should have recognised earlier.
why would patients buy an otc statin ? they can get a 2 month supply from the GP.
This is brilliant. Why fight it? Of course it won't save the NHS any money , but does Joe public care about that anyway.
Kailash , don't EU countries need their own doctors and nurses?
1st generation immigrant. Vegetarian. Mother cooked everything from scratch and we were made to eat our beans to 'get our protein'. We did go to Mcdonalds about twice a year for a treat but this was 40 years ago ! The nearest one for us was in Croydon. The liberals won't like it but I think child benefit should be paid on an electronic card which can only be accepted for healthy fresh food , meat or veg. Not takeout food and fizzy drinks. It would be good for the health of children and good for british farming.Free cooking classes included. ie the home economics of before. How many times do you see a young mum bringing a young child to morning surgery, both drinking a fizzy drink for breakfast.
Best Wishes David. I always enjoy reading your articles.
Whoaml. in general , when the patient has seen you a few times and know you have got it right before, and also you have treated their family and friends and they know from experience that when you have needed to , you have referred to hospital , then they will begin to 'trust' you. In other words , continuity of care. The very thing they are destroying and of course hospital referrals will go up. Never mind , rant over.
Privatise the profit , let the tax payer ( ie national debt ) pick up the cost. Same old same old.
Everyone is shrugging their shoulders and just aiming for retirement.
Do they have a problem getting a dentist , pharmacist, optician in this town? Dear MP , see where this is going?
Why isn't there any goodwill value in GP practices? I am filing my blood results from home today ( and every weekend ) because I don't want to cut down on clinical time spent with patients next week. And of course this is how GP partners keep General Practice running. And why GP partners leave. No incentive to stay.
In Sept 2015 , didn't Jeremy Hunt aim to get an extra 5000 GPs in 5 years? What concrete actions did he take to try and achieve this goal? What policies did he initiate to improve recruitment or retention? Just increasing medical student numbers will not help if no one wants to be a GP in the NHS.
Agree with David Banner above.
How about this. 1 Stop all prophylactic antibiotics in animal farming. 2 Charge £20 for every course of antibiotics in primary care. This will really educate patients on when they need to go to the doctor for antibiotics or if they can wait and try alternatives like honey lemon turmeric. But , everything has to be free , like Smarties , even if it makes things worse.
How about this for an idea. Non medical providers run the PCN and GPs provide the medical services for the PCN on a fee per activity , like the pharmacists , dentists and opticians.
It wouldn't matter if we got paid per consultation. different rates for telephone, video, face to face, home visit.
Agree with carfentanyl. i will work less to keep my income below the threshhold. don't want to be targeted by conmen.
Why become a GP when we are told that a pharmacist or HCA can do the same job after attending a few courses?