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David Wrigley

David Wrigley

  • How can we avoid a grim future for general practice?

    David Wrigley's comment 11 Dec 2017 11:32pm

    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.....

  • 'Indemnity fees are killing our profession' - sign this letter to Jeremy Hunt

    David Wrigley's comment 02 Sep 2017 0:27am

    Excellent letter

    Dr David Wrigley
    GP and Chair of Doctors in Unite

  • We need a tough conversation about unnecessary GP appointments

    David Wrigley's comment 27 Jul 2017 10:14pm

    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!

  • How we cared for the victims of the Grenfell tragedy

    David Wrigley's comment 22 Jun 2017 12:42pm

    Just wonderful - well done and thank you

  • GP shortages down to practices 'not delivering', says new health minister

    David Wrigley's comment 14 Jun 2017 4:38pm

    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'.....

  • GPs to access free burnout service from January 2017

    David Wrigley's comment 06 Oct 2016 2:51pm

    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.

  • GP contract deal secures 1% pay uplift and no change to the QOF

    David Wrigley's comment 20 Feb 2016 11:53am

    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

  • Professor Steve Field says GPs have 'failed as a profession'

    David Wrigley's comment 14 Dec 2015 11:47am

    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.

  • CCG 'donates' practice earnings worth thousands of pounds to plug its own deficit

    David Wrigley's comment 13 Jan 2015 4:53pm

    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.

  • NHS England to spend a ‘much higher proportion’ of budget on general practice over next five years

    David Wrigley's comment 23 Oct 2014 12:11pm

    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

  • Should we let GP practices fail?

    David Wrigley's comment 01 Aug 2014 1:09am

    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.

  • QIPP programme may be unsustainable, say MPs

    David Wrigley's comment 13 Feb 2014 11:32am

    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..

  • Primary care commissioning is 'a mess' admits NHS England director

    David Wrigley's comment 19 Dec 2013 5:21pm

    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..

  • Providers set to challenge CCG tendering decisions in blow to integration agenda

    David Wrigley's comment 23 Nov 2013 11:07am

    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