This is nothing to do with patient care, just politics. if they really care about people's' health, why are they not talking about air pollution, from traffic,which is killing thousands from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Oh of course, too difficult . G.P bashing the soft option.
Totally useless the lot of them.
A success for the conservative party ! general practice on its knees and dying, what a boast. Well done Jeremy, I understand how proud you must be. Oh by the way, you can forget my vote from now on.
When I first came into general practice we had this model, with 3 of my partners working in community hospitals. Although they worked hard at it', I never thought that much was achieved and to some extent the hospitals became dumping grounds, which is why they were abolished. Are politicians incapable of learning from history or do they simply not read it ? Also G P s struggle to find the time to do general practice. Perhaps G.P. by day and community physician by night. !
Pleased to know that at least one MP, Jamie Read, recognizes that more GP's are needed to meet their aims. However, he has greatly underestimated the enormity of the task. We are talking about several thousand GP's and after Jeremy Hunt has done his best to destroy moral and made the job very unattractive, few want to do it so where will they come from, Another promise based not on reality, but on the proximity of a general election
Yet more lies from politicians . Without thousands more G. P's and the resources to follow this is impossible to achieve and even tho' I have little respect for their ability, senior politicians must know it.
I know I am repeating myself but we lose sight of the only things which matter. There are not enough G P,s and there is not enough money allotted to general practice. Jeremy and his equally deceptive colleagues are trying every trick in the book to divert us away from this truth, the only one which really matters.
Since Jeremy Hunt had a large part in creating the problems, it is no surprise to hear that he understands them.
No doubt if Norman Lamb's appointment was 30 minutes late because his G.P.had failed to curtail previous appointments, he would have been quite happy and accepting.
From all these ideas and arguments there is just one very simple one which rises to the top and should stay there firmly rooted '' you cannot get a quart out of a pint pot ''
Mustafa Tahir, the answer is simple my friend, they are meant to benefit politicians, was it ever any different ?
Anonymous 8.41, you clearly have no idea what a G,P's job is. We can do a lot of what hospital specialists do, but a hospital specialist in general practice would be well out of his depth.
The continual drip by drip erosion of GP funding will kill it. In this environment, the only way that young graduates will see GP as an attractive career is if they are taking hallucinogenics. J. Hunt may well go down in history as the man who killed one of the greatest Britrish institutions.
Sad to see other G.P.'s opposing their colleagues who refused to accept the daft decision by NHS England re opening times at Christmas and New Year. No wonder we are being stuffed in almost all aspects of our work and remuneration. Too many lambs, not many wolves.
RCGP may have been ineffective in protecting us, but it did not set out to damage our status and moral as Jeremy Hunt and his colleagues clearly did and are still doing. Do not blame Clare Gerada,for the current crisis, lay the blame where it belongs, with ill informed politicians who were too dumb to see where their policies would lead. But we knew !
What is the point in being positive about something which is not necessary and simply cannot work, without a huge increase in all G.P staff. You can fiddle with timetables and produce answers, all of which will be wrong, because they will fail to take account of G.P.'s illness coinciding with other's pre-arranged holidays / study leave etc. In this case with current staffing G.P's will be working 7 days each week and sometimes for weeks at a time. There are too many hopelessly naive people, putting forward daft, ill thought out ideas.
When I was at medical school, there was no clinical module on walking. Therefore I could not possibly regard myself as an appropriately trained person to prescribe it. With the ever increasing litiginous attitude of the general public, I would feel it necessary to practice defensive medicine here, and refuse to prescribe.
This walking thing, is this like putting one foot in front of the other then repeating many times, brilliant idea, why did I not think of it myself. Where would we be without
the wisdom of politicians.
Very silly. With eyes in the head , abdominal obesity is obvious and measuring it changes nothing. People generally understand weight but not abdominal girth. Just another ill informed idea to make a 10 minute consultation even more impossible.
There has been far too much effort trying to marry general practice with the problems of A+E , which is designed to let politicians off the hook for their failure to anticipate rising demand and even more, their failure to adequately invest in this important part of the NHS. G.P,s should concentrate on simply trying to offer the best service possible to their local population, and yes there is room for improvement. They should leave the politicians to sort out the mess they have allowed to develop in A+E. 7 day opening will not improve general practice, it will lead to reduced availability during the week, and will contribute to the breakdown of the doctor patient relationship. It will take at least a decade and massive investment to provide a G.P.workforce up for the task of a 7 day service and perhaps that money would be better spent on a big upgrade of A+E facilities and staff, because the demand will not go away. We can pipe dream a G.P. solution to the problem, but that is all it will turn out to be, a pipe dream.
Anonymous 8.53 am. you are clearly referring to hospital nurses, who do not have the dramatic fall in workload that G.Ps regularly experience on Christmas Eve pm Would any sensible and reasonable manager in any business want a workforce sitting idle. I know that Dr, Geddes issued the edict but there is a strong whiff of politicians pulling the strings.