Dear 'turn out the lights' - I (and many others) have been campaigning on privatisation/underfunding for years and I have even written a book about it - NHS for Sale - available from all good book stockists.....
Dr David Wrigley
GP and Chair of Doctors in Unite
Re Ireland and their models of charging. Many families have to pay to see a GP in Ireland and I know parents being unable to afford the 50 Euro fee to see a GP and making a decision to 'wait and see if my child gets better'.... is that rash viral or meningococcal? Some can't afford to have that decision made by a professional in Ireland and just hope for the best. Do we really want to go down that route in England?
We are drowning in work and practices are collapsing due to years of govt cuts and defunding. Direct our anger and angst to the politicians and we might make some headway!
Just wonderful - well done and thank you
Well this doesn't bode well from an incoming new Health Minister - "They must invest in their practices....".
It says so much that a politician can hold such views and not understand the realities of life in the NHS or general practice.
Mind you I am sure she thinks the NHS is 'strong and stable'.....
If the govt made a decision to fund the NHS to the level of EU average then it wouldn't be necessary to have a 'burnout helpline' for doctors on the verge of a breakdown. Shame on NHS England and shame on this govt.
I was also at the GPC debate (as Lancs and Cumbria rep) and spoke very clearly in terms outlined above. General practice is on its knees and close to collapse. In fact it is collapsing in some parts of the country with practices closing, GPs walking away and recruitment nigh on impossible.
The workload we now have is unsafe and unsustainable. My (fully staffed) practice has well over 100 same day triage calls to get though on a Monday with all other GPs doing routine surgeries. It is a crushing workload. The sheer volume we get through is unseen by our patients and misunderstood and ignored by our politicians. If my practice was A&E we would have been on black alert but we can't do that. This scenario is replicated across the country
We need to take the fight to the politicians and we must let our patients (voters) know that we want the very best for them but with the current political defunding of the NHS the service is likely to grind to a halt.
The 7 day mantra from Cameron and Hunt is a joke. We can't provide a safe 5 day service never mind a 7 day one.
GPC has a role in highlighting all the above and we need to ramp this up. I will certainly be speaking out and saying this within and without the BMA and GPC.
I think we all feel this way but we need to get the truth out there so everyone sees and understands the crisis in general practice
What a shocking statement from a 'leader' of our profession.
What is the solution from such people when we drown in work due to inadequate resources - beat them harder with a stick.
Why doesn't Professor Field make some helpful comments like asking for general practice funding to move back to the 13% it used to be from the now paltry 6-7% we see. Why doesn't he advise Mr Hunt to halt the £20bn cuts to the NHS budget which is decimating our health service.
I think the RCGP should strip him of his honours and awards they have bestowed upon him. Shame on him.
Clinically led commissioning? Ha ha - don't make me laugh. It's accountant led commissioning and GPs have been sold down the river by this so called 'GP led commissioning' promise by Lansley, Hunt and Cameron.
There is a simple solution to the financial problems in the NHS that will free up billions of pounds that could be spent on patient care.
1. Abolish the internal market - the Health Select Committee estimate this will save at least £10 BILLION
2. End PFI deals and bring them back to the public sector - this will save the taxpayer (at the very least) £50 BILLION
Imagine what such sums could do in the NHS instead of the funds going to the private sector as they do now.
Politicians and civil servants always dodge the question on these issues when asked about them but it is clear to me and many other NHS campaigners action on these would resolve many of the problems we now see in the NHS
Dr Coales suggests GPs work like dentists - well as a GP I don't want to work like a dentist. Many of my patients do not go to the dentist because they cannot afford it. The part private/part NHS dental service is a disaster for most people and excludes many from necessary treatment due to costs.
NHS general practice needs the funding it deserves. Year on year the government have reduced funding for gen practice from over 10% to around 7% of the NHS budget. Along with the national QIPP cuts and constant denigration of the NHS by politician and the media this is why the NHS and general practice is struggling.
We must lay the blame in the right place and seek the funding and the service our patients deserve.
Many of us have been saying this for years! QIPP is a financial disaster for NHS and QIPP savings do not get reinvested in NHS - they are sent back to the Treasury. It is a complete scandal and destroying the NHS. This is why so many NHS organisations are in deficit. The NHS is not failing! It is politicians that are failing us..
Astonishing admission from someone so senior. Obviously this is the situation we all knew was happening - we just never had it confirmed from the top.
Maybe they should try using some of the £3bn NHS surplus to fund healthcare rather than diverting it back to the black hole that is the Treasury..
All this comes as no surprise and was entirely predictable right from July 2010 when Lansley revealed his disastrous Health Bill.
We now need ALL medical leaders to unite and say we do not want a market driven NHS and pressurise politicians to commit to end the increasingly privatised healthcare system we have in England - one which is bad for patients and bad for the taxpayer