Anon. 10.49 am. Well said. We should be honest enough to admit that the 2004 contract has gone horribly wrong and that GPs just cannot cope with all the extra work it has generated.
Easy to be wise after the event. Everyone thought the 2004 contract was the bee's knees.
GPs are now working too hard to cope with out of hours and that is the fault of QOF and other facets of the flawed contract.
If GPs are to blame, and the hard evidence is lacking, but again IF, then lets be honest enough to blame the 2004 Contract as a whole.
The fact that this Adminstration has made it even more toxic and had the gall now to impose it doesn't hide the uncomfortable fact that it was flawed from the outset.
Guess who's footing the bill.
No taxation without representation-and the GMC is now doctor-lite.
GPs calling for Dr Buckman's resignation clearly believe in shooting the messenger when they don't like the message.
When the message was to take industrial action last year that was also rejected by 88% of the ranks.
To Dr Buckman's critics I say put up or shut up.
The GMC itself is partly to blame for this situation, having done its best to alienate the Medical Profession at every turn.
We no loger have any sense of ownership and the good-will ran out several years ago.
Well done Sir Bruce!
Why did it take you so long to rumble the politician's agenda?
By the way-the Government is also running down "the
Community" and hiving it off to the charities.
Ever tried to herd cats?
There are too many over-inflated egos out there to get any unified action.
Good to see that potitcal pressure can still work. However it takes a completely united profession, including all the Royal Colleges, to sway government, and GPs need to sing from the same hymn sheet,something which commissioning has sadly denied for three years.
A clutch of principled resignations is called for here.
Its the only language these devious politicians will understand.
We will end up like an army with ranks of Generals and no bloody foot-soldiers.
Eventually Government will have to come to the negotiating table and start discussing how to mend General Practice which was, and still is, the jewel in the crown of the NHS
This feminization of male species is no joke and it is up to the Medical Profession to take the lead in understanding and combatting it.
Power should be judged by results, not by office.
The politicians are very happy to see the heat defected from them on to Nicholson. If he was to whistle=blow and criticise his government puppet-masters just see how quickly they would sacrifice him!
Its clear the government are determined to claw back all the earnings uplift brought about by the 2004 GP contract and they will not rest until they have done so,even though they are destroying the profession in the process.
Will all those GPs threatening to retire early increase
supply in the loum market in the near future?
Another possible sanction against the DOH which has
gone west it would seem. Even less support than last
The Profession, through its support of CCGs has made itself the perfect scapegoat for slippery politicians.
When will the penny drop?
The Orwellian future grows ever clearer. No doctor should be planning to gag his fellow doctors.