Exactly what the politicians have been angling for-they can put the blame for rationing on local GPs.What a bunch of whipping-boys we are!
Are phlebotomists happy to work7/7?
@ 12.28 pm. Agree. Unless this vote is coupled with a decision not to co=operate or engage with CQC it is impotent. But then we have people branding the LMC Conference useless. God help us!
So this whole passing the buck exercise of setting up CCGs is exploding and the chickens are coming home to roost.I hope the GP members of Bedfordshire CCG hve dissociated themselves from blaming the coal-face GPs for the deficits.
John Glasspool has encapsulated the present malaise in the profession in a nutshell. Unity is strength, politicians know this better than anybody.
Whatever this "new" contract contains it must be voted on by the Profession and NOT imposed as hereforeto.
The GPC must be quite clear on this.
I am amazed a GP surgery gave space for this snake-oil salesman to spin his ideas. Perhaps one of their Partners will contribute to this discussion to explain how they believe it will all work out. I was also incensed by Hunt referring to the RCGP all the time and not the GPC. As always he believes divide and rule will beat us all in the end.
I am all for principled resignations such as Lord Carrington over the Falklands, but is it not time for the profession to admit that the current model for the NHS is broken and we need a bit of lateral thinking on all sides?
@Practice Manager 2.08pm. Good luck! The Profession in it's wisdom voted not to back the BMA.
The politicians have discredited the reforms and now also the Profession. Why is are they still in force? Is it that a few Tories supported by the more vainglorious members of our ranks still cling on for reasons best known to themselves?
I am beginning to think that the BMA and RCGP have some unwritten obligation not to get involved with General Election politics. If this is so, surely this is the time to smash this barrier and refute all these fatuous manifesto promises. The MPs who are medically qualified are deplorably silent at this time-I wonder why??
Both Parties are treating the GP service like a political football and making promises which can never be fulfilled. The BMA must now come out publically and rubbish all these claims and promises and tell the voters that politicians have ruined General Practice as a career.
There has to be a new Contract and the next Government must be forced to the negotiating table. Trouble is-will the new administration be in paralytic chaos after the election?
Will the GP members of CCGs be prepared to work seeing patients at weekends?
Anon@ 10.31. I totally agree. This is the death-knell for our National Negotiators and manna from heaven for all those politicians who have hated the BMA/ GPC/ Annual Conference of LMCs.How many new recruits will this messy development attract to General Practice?
Here is the sad proof-a glorious profession destroyed from within, mainly by the BMA and the RCGP not singing from the same hymn-sheet.
Hunt thinks the solution is to transfer more work from secondary care to GPs with some token transfer of funding implied. He needs to be told there is no more capacity in the work-force.
This is a step in the right direction. GPC England take note! Rolling back QOF and CQC is the only way to save General Practice as the public desire it.
At this rate GPs will be replaced by computers all programmed to NICE, QOF etc etc. To all those who are quitting for Canada and Australia, I hope you are joining a resilient profession and that the contagion will not spread.
This amount of financial devolution must represent the Holy Grail for politicians, Has anyone asked the GPs of Manchester what they want? How about a referendum?