No-one in the media seems to point out to our politicians that simply training more "family doctors" will make no significant difference to the NHS. There are many practices out there who would dearly love to take on new partners / salaried staff but we simply cannot afford to do so.
In another 2-3 years the mythical 6000 new GPs will have bogged off to Australia / New Zealand because nobody will be able to employ them / pay their pensions etc etc.
I haven't been able to afford to pay into the Superann scheme for the last 18 months as it stands. This sounds like I will never be able to afford to again. Serious concern that our practice will be able to afford to keep afloat and we're meant to be doing quite well compared to most. Thank goodness I'm in the latter part of my career.
Surely patients should also write their own referral letters as well.
If I weren't working in an OHP partnership I am sure I would be totally behind all the comments I have read. As it happens I am - not really through my own volition but because of the concerns for the future of smaller practices amongst my younger partners.
I can honestly say there has been very little change in the way we practice since joining OHP. We operate personal lists and are partner-heavy. We do not get instruction "from above."
I am told that this is not the case with all "superpractices" but thought I needed to balance up the comments section a little (and perhaps I am the only one to do so with actual experience of how OHP operates.)
Not sure this will make much difference to NHS budgets - a drop in the ocean - much like homeopathy in fact ;-)
Tusen tack Sofia!
(Although the first line of the article is still wrong).
I don't understand all the happy comments. A price freeze for less than a year means very little. Most doctors' indemnity is up for renewal every August - nothing to stop them hiking the prices for the next renewal in August 2018.
I see it as a cynical advertising ploy by MDDUS.
In any case MPS is still cheaper for me (if still exorbitant)
T Marcus Mulcahy
I'm glad you're not my GP.