Why do people keep talking about striking. Boycott the out-of-area sheme, F&FT, CQC inspections and any other hairbrained scheme that Jeremy thinks up. OK it may cost a bit of money but with a General Election coming up Jeremy is going to look even more stupid than he is and the patients will immediately get an improved service.
It looks like part of the government's privitisation programme. They will be happy for those practices to close so that they can bring in a private provider.
3.54pm is so right. There are so many ways that GPs could take industrial action by refusing to cooperate in hairbrained schemes and so long as they stick together in sufficient numbers there is nothing that CCGs, NHS England or even Jeremy Hunt could do about it. As for the patients, such action would greatly improve the service to them.
Allan M Stewart
Civic Medical Centre
You have my full support. We must call for Jeremy Hunt's resignation now.
It needs GP practices to opt out en masse or else the few who do will be pillaried. So long as GPs are not prepared to stand up and be counted the government will continue to trample all over them and the GPC will be powerless to do anything about it.
Surely David Nicholson must go now along a number of others who are involved in this shambles.
Most of this expense has been through PCTs and Practices over-reacting and organisations jumping on the bandwagon and pursuading practices to part with large sums of money.
I note it is non recurrent money. What hapens in subsequent years when there is no money to pay for it. Once you have introduced such a service it will be very difficult to withdraw it.
I guess the GPC is struggling to find a course of action because it is difficult to know what support they will get from GPs. You have to remember that a union is only as strong as its members and past history suggests that GPs are not prepared to stand up and be counted. Perhaps this explains why most of the comments on articles are 'anonymous'.
Someone said 'We should form a union'. You have a union. What people seem to fail to realise is that a union is only as strong as its members. In the past GPs have been shown to be weak. Maybe now is the time when they wuill say enough is enough. There are plenty ways that they can hurt the government without affecting quality of treatment to patients. It's about time that Jeremy got his come uppance so let it be the GPs that deliver it.