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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Ronan Donohoe

  • Ten-minute consultations 'must go', says NHS England director

    Ronan Donohoe's comment 01 May 2014 1:35pm

    Interestingly here in Ireland the government (who are even more anti-doctor/GP as they are in the UK!) are trying to force us to sign a contract for free care at the point of delivery for all under 6 children which is unsignable and potentially ruinous for most practices and they don't believe us when we tell them that we will be overwhelmed with demand for appointments despite plenty of evidence from the UK that demand is hard to manage when there is no disincentive to attend your GP. Why not when it is totally free.
    Personally I would be in favour of everyone paying a small fee for each visit (around the £10 or €20 mark) which for those genuinely in hardship could be claimed back through the social welfare system, but politically it's a non-starter it seems.