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A parallel universe

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WTF is going on? Have I suddenly slipped into some very unpleasant parallel universe?

First we had Jeremy Hunt blaming us for the OOH debacle, despite the fact that he’s demonstrably wrong, followed by his plans to hand OOH back to us, or rather, give us the responsibility in some sort of ‘sign-off’ way instead, despite the fact it’s the responsibility of CCGs anyway, which we’re already signed up to, so that’s all clear.

Then we had the announcement of a new inspector of primary care which presumably means the CQC was all a very bad and time-consuming dream – and this somehow merged with Mr Hunt bemoaning the fact that GPs are too busy ticking boxes to really know their patients. Tick this box   if you can spot any irony there.

Next there was the news that half of all medical students are to become GPs by 2015, which is absolutely, definitely, certainly going to happen, given how attractive the Conservatives are currently making general practice.

And now I learn that the Tories are seriously considering an annual limit on GP appointments per patients which even I, who once patented a special surgery electric chair designed to give heartsinks enough volts to discourage prolonged consultations but not so many to kill them, though retaining the latter option, reckon is a bit draconian. Oh, and by the way – would anyone like to speculate on what effect limiting GP appointments per patient might have on A&E attendance?

The thing is, though, this isn’t a parallel universe, it’s just a week in news. There is only one rational conclusion to be drawn from this torrent of disordered, contradictory nonsense. Specifically, that the Conservative Party in general and Jeremy Hunt in particular has gone a bit mental.

I feel it’s my duty to point this out. And also to mention that, when in full flow over patients needing named GPs they can turn to, the health secretary stated: ‘As a member of the public, I want to know my GP’. Well, Mr Hunt, how do you do, my name is Dr Copperfield and I’m here for you, now, in my consulting room. Just me and this big syringe full of haloperidol.

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  • welcome to life in secondary care. where we have had the cqc and its wonderfully tickable boxes for some time. where we have to screen every outpatient every time for dementia and depression. 4 minute fracture clinic appointment? 3rd appointment in a week? doesn't matter. where we are penalised for increased admissions, despite the fact they come from the outside world, not under our control. I promise we aren't trawling the pavements tripping people over just to inflate our admission numbers. Oh, and we are also going to be offering all of our routine services 7 days a week with no increase in resource. Divide and rule still seems to operate - the sooner we realise we're all being stretched in unrealistic directions the better.

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  • @anonymous 6.51
    I hear you but don't take it personally a la divide and conquer. It's what is commonly known as a statement of the bloody obvious. GPs have had more than just the past week being abused by Twunt & co and the Daily Wail etc. They've been given a right public flogging but the hospital specialties haven't unless I selectively switch off when GP bashing stops. The DOH isn't saying "Oh all orthopaedic care is shit!" but it is making similar assertions about general practice.
    C of I - CCTV in general practice (but now working in secondary care)

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  • Oops!
    CCT in general practice.

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  • I was begging to wonder if I've turned into Dr Who and spent the last week travelling through parallel universe.

    Obviously I wont be futuring on next episode on BBC then....

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  • Once again this blog is derogatory to people with mental health problems.

    Time to root out these dinosaur GPs.

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  • To anon 30/5 2.10pm. Yes, the intention was to be derogatory, but to politicians, not to people with mental health problems. Somehow got lost in translation but bear in mind that, as a dinosaur, I only have a teensy weensy brain.

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  • Anonymous | 30 May 2013 2:10pm

    Your comment is derogatory to dinosaurs.

    I like dinosaurs - my favorite is T. Rex.

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From: Copperfield

Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder