Added to which the prohibition on providing private care alongside NHS services shows that entrepreneurial GPs are not wanted, only big corporations and wage slaves. From a profession to an assembly line in less than 20 years. People will not know what is denied to the many until it is gone. And the few that can access a real doctor: forget it unless you live in London - as the politicians do.
so looking forward to having a private GP ;)
PHE is on another planet. No understanding of human nature let alone economics. GP and pharmacist time is “free”!
@DT, Post-truth is right. When a contract is unaffordable to deliver, the only logical course is to terminate it. This is also what we are seeing with practices closing when they cannot pay enough to recruit and retain staff and make a living for the partners. In more flexible commercial situations it may be possible to deliver the same results for less cost. But in the bureaucracy of the NHS there is little room for manoeuvre - rightly because quality and safety are essential. Many GPs are subsidising the NHS - to the detriment of their on health and well being. The market is flawed because the NHS is almost the only buyer.
Bring on private GPs. As a patient I'd welcome them. But don't hook them up to the NHS data. When the only way you can opt out of data sharing is by signing in to the system you don't want to be part of ... that's catch22
The low ratio of doctors to the UK Population is getting lower. Because we have a free healthcare system we may not notice that we are creating an unequal system where some people get personalised medicine and others get an app. What Zoe describes is GPs being turned into assembly line workers, and in due course assembly lines are (almost) fully automated and operated by robots. That may suit NHSE trying to balance the books in the face of growing patient demand and shrinking tax takes/increasing other demands on public money. But elsewhere a job that requires broad knowledge, experience, human communication skills, negotiation etc is considered the sort of role that is best protected from automation.
Some 36 years ago my GP told me I needed to,attend his surgery for a 6 week post natal check.he was very surprised when I turned up.”where’s baby?” he asked. “You asked to,see me,” I replied. “Yes but but that means with your baby, “ he retorted. “You should have specified” I said. He struck me off his list. And yes, the visit was a total waste of time.
@Tony, I agree it happens everywhere but I think it can occur at all levels in an organisation. The "tone at the top" sets cultural norms in their (bad) behaviour but it is passed on down to the front line - bullying by the bullied is not uncommon.
@DerryDoc - sorry, did get carried away with anger. The article brought back a whoosh of unhappy memories of being treated as “mother” 37 years ago and clinicians were the worst. Though there’s a special place in hell for other people who pat women’s pregnant tummies! Anyway I owe all the good stuff to my GP husband who took an unusually large share of the upbringing. We never intended to reproduce one accountant and one doctor. Will have to stop borrowing his Pulse.
Totally agree. Outdated before it was even written. I've signed. Dressed our daughters in anything but pink - result 1 orthopaedic surgeon, 1 chief financial officer - and mother successful international career in finance, father now very happily retired GP.
PHE can f*** off.
Isn’t this the man whose mistress dumped pigs blood all over his flat having found him in flagrante with a third woman? Not that that would necessarily disqualify him from presiding over the Board of NHSE. This appointment has been a very lengthy process: could they have been waiting for us to forget this “scandal”?