£2 a patient? Where did you get that from, Anonymous? At that rate the income of our practice with 13,000 patients would amount to £26K, hardly enough to pay a receptionist.
@janet and @michihiro +1 to both of yo for sensible posts.
It is not unreasonable for patients to ask for online booking, if they can already book themselves on a flight to China via the web. Or do their grocery shopping. Both examples involve more complex processes than accessing the GP surgery appointment system.
Good opportunity to publicise advance directives. Would be great if surgeries could display some information about these.
I think the anonymous writer referred to Peter Swinyard because he is listed at the top of the page on a link to the Big Interview. May have been a mistake, the author of the article is Sofia Lind.
Anyway, this is silly idea from Nice, nicely calculated to annoy patients who already get shirty if they are asked too much about their lifestyle.
Pulse is getting more and more like the Daily Mail. Headline for this article: Bisphosphonate use ‘raises cancer risk by 13%’ - dated 19 Nov 2012. Headline for article in side bar: Biophosphonates 'not a cancer risk' - dated 8 Oct 2012. Please, people!
Would like an iPad version also. And I miss being able to score comments with the previous star system.
Sensible post from Richard Fitton. Time the medical profession started treating patients as adults.
Dialogue of the deaf, if you ask me. Both parties convinced they are right, both parties not willing to listen to one another.
"Anti-health" - Really? This is an anti-health party? Wow.
"Perhaps the most interesting thing here is that staff are considered so insensitive and uncaring, that they need to have this pointed out to them." - Sadly they are. I've been quite shocked by the lack of sensitivity shown even by staff in onc departments towards the emotional health of their patients.