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GPs will have had that familar feeling as they read the national papers, watched the news and listened to the radio today. That of being blamed for all the world's ills and generally being crap.

GPs will have had that familar feeling as they read the national papers, watched the news and listened to the radio today. That of being blamed for all the world's ills and generally being crap.



New figures from the Healthcare Commission show only a 74 year old man called Jim living in Stevenage who had 'a bit of a turn' one Tuesday in May was seen within 48 hours of making an appointment last year.

Or at least that's how it has seemed.

Story after story has lambasted GPs for failing to give patients the service they want and see them at the time they want.

Some of the stories have just been plain wrong. Most have been over the top.

And only this article from Ann Robinson (not that one. This one is a GP, but that doesn't detract from her argument) in The Guardian has looked in any detail at how the Healthcare Commission collected its data and why 69% of PCTs say they (notice, it's the PCTs not the practices) are missing the target.

Also the Healthcare Commission found tons of positive news about the NHS, on ambulance response times, cancer care and community mental health to name but three.

But as Dr Robinson writes: 'What's a news story without a big "but" and an evil bogeyman?'

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