To many GPS are being coerced into joining Heath centre type practices where the service becomes a conveyor belt, but most importantly, NHS make good money from renting these modern type buildings.
Many patients prefer the smaller family doctor type practices where they get quality time with their doctor and appointments are indeed much more easier to book, no waiting weeks, many of the smaller practices can offer appointments within 48 hours.
Improved environments does not mean improved care, I would say the opposite was true!
... and since when did anyone believe anything this man has to say?
If all GP's resigned the government would be rubbing the hands together with glee!
Firstly GP's need an income to survive so are you prepared to go down the job centre and collect benefits to do that?
If you all resigned, the government would then 'cherry pick' which cooperative GP's they would want back in the service and you would obey their rules, abide by their contract etc.
GP's have lost 'street cred', so many of them are paid to care for huge lists of patients but in fact only work a very few hours per week meeting the needs of their patient, preferring to do private work.
In my area most of the GP's now sit on the CCG so not available to provide patient appointments.
Patients want an appointment when they need one, but even with all the talk of 8 to 8 appointments 7 days a week, GP's cannot even meet patient demand during the week.
All GP's should be allowed to register a given number of patients according to the hours they are serving patients in their practice, and paid accordingly. Being a GP must be the only job where you get paid to provide a service that you are not available to deliver.
At one time GP's had so much respect from patients, they have lost that mainly due to the fact they are not availabel to see their patients!
How sad it is that we have to have children in need of mental health care today ... but I guess it keep the drugs companies in business!
Mental health care is always the first to have its budget cut, something the government needs to address.
I would like to know how many patients have dies because they couldn't get a GP appointment during the evening or at the weekend?
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No matter what patients say, this lot are determined to get their hands on patients medical records!
I think patients would be shocked if they knew how much of their personal information was already being shared!
A new contract which is voluntary ... a contradiction in terms.
A contract is an agreement by which you have to abide.
Voluntary means you only do it if you want to.
Any offer from this government means if we say you will do, you will!
Once you resign, there is no guarantee (if an agreement was reached) that everyone would get their jobs back. the government would use this tactic to get rid of single GP practices and anyone that does not toe the line!
It would be better to restrict services, only do what you are paid to do ... then see how quickly the patients will fight your battle for you!
The european directive states folk should work 37.5 hours a week ... be good doctors and do as you are told ... which is what this government want, but only on their terms. What you cannot do in that time, doesn't get done!
GP's complain that they cannot survive on their current income so if they all resign, how would they survive financially?
If they all resigned and a solution was found, there would be no guarantee that all GP's would be reemployed, the government would cherry pick suitable practices.
GP's won't close lists because they get income from them, it is wrong that a GP can take on more patients when it cannot meet the needs of the patients it already has.
Why shouldn't patients go to A&E after all, Jeremy Hunt admits he takes his kids there because it is quicker than seeing a GP?
When I was at school very many years ago, we had annual health checks, healthy children become healthy adults!
A free for all approach, we'll give you the money as long as you don't bother us!
Every patient, young and old, should be encouraged to write their own advance directive.
If the building is not required as a surgery does it really matter who buys it or what they do with it?
GP's have earned the criticism aimed at them. Im my surgery we have ten GP's but not one of them work full time, being a G" is a side line to another more lucrative job.
At one time GP's had my full support, but not any more, they never stop moaning.
Stop prescribing and drug that can be bought over the counter e.g. paracetamol but lets not forget that patients pay around £8 per script for some drugs that cost a mere fraction of a penny, look up the cost in the BNF pharmaceuticals is a very profitable business indeed.
Patients get what GP's allow then to have so stop blaming patients!
I now think it is time fro GP's to be contracted to the NHS to ensure GP's gave the contracted hours to the service they are paid to provide ... where elese would you get paid to provide a service that you cannot fulfil?
The problem today is that GP's want the money but don't appear to want to provide any service.
I have always supported GP's but now feel they do other jobs as their main role and work as GP's as a side line.
There are ten GP's at my practice but not one of them work full time, they all have second jobs.
I now feel all GP's should be contracted to the NHS on a full time basis or have the number of patients on their books reduced according to the number of hours they are available to se patients.
where else do you get paid to provide a service whether you are available to provide it or not!
My GP works 60 plus hours per week, and in an emergency he would squeeze in the extra patient, but snotty nose kids and mothers that haven't a clue about basic first aid can wait, and so they should!
A tired GP cannot give his / her best!
Oh dear, when, where an how are GP's going to fit this in to their days work?
Over worked GP's make mistakes.
So what is it the this pleb Hunt wants GP's to do ... work in A&E, help paramedics, help ambulance crews, see routine patients, perform minor surgery etc. etc. etc.
As a patient my real concern is that having taken part in all these additional tasks,is the GP mentally and physically fit to undertake all these additional tasks. I don't want to see a GP that is struggling to keep his eyes open!
Can someone tell Jeremy Hunt that GP's are mere human beings like the rest of us and unfortunately they need time to eat and sleep, not forgetting occasionally spending time with their famliy.
DNA's should not be allowed to pre book for one year after a DNA ... others who really need to see a doctor are the ones that suffer.