I find it deeply concerning that there is talk of charging anything for access to any service provided under the NHS which is supposed to be FREE at the point of contact. This would be the thin end of the wedge, leading to charging for A&E attendance, referrals to Consultants and other parts of the NHS, all talk of payment from patients for the services of the NHS should be stopped before the current Government get their way and fully install a 2 tier Health Service.
I have submitted a request to the DH for the details of the practices who are part of this "successful" trial so that I can contact them to get first hand information - so looking forward to the reply which is due within the next 7 days if they meet their own deadline!
"The extended-hours scheme is already being trialed in six practices in Manchester, with the Government hailing their experience as ‘successful’." Strange that there was no comment from the practices themselves - do they feel that the experience was/is "successful"?
Far from being second choice a GP (or Doctor as the vast majority of the general public call them) is perhaps the most challenging of all career choices - to be a jack of all trades takes far more than to specialise in one field. There should be far more emphasis on how important this role is - who really cares on the title of the provider as long as they perform their role with skill and empathy?
Instead of thinking up a new title concentrate your energies on publicising the positives about the role of a GP - it will provide far more benefit in the long term than renaming the role.