An immaculate conception?
From Dr Alan McCubbin, Ashington, Northumberland
Following recent coverage of the overtures from Virgin group to GPs, inviting multi-partner practices to consider relocation to single sites alongside dentists, diagnostic services and allied health professionals, I have rewritten the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25 vs1-13).
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish GPs and Virgin
1: Then shall the kingdom of Primary Care be likened unto Virgin plc, who promised to remove practice headaches
and so went forth to meet the GPs.
2: And five GPs were wise, and five were foolish.
3: Those that were foolish took their accounts, and took no solicitor with them.
4: But the wise GPs took solicitors in their cars with their accounts.
5: While the GPs tarried, the BMA slumbered and slept.
6: And at midnight there was a cry made. Behold, Richard Branson cometh;
go ye out to meet him.
7: Then all those GPs arose, and readied their accounts.
8: And the foolish GPs said unto the wise, Give us your solicitor; for we are a little suspicious about this 'kind' offer of headache removal without paracetamol.
9: But the wise answered, saying, No way; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to your own solicitor, and buy for yourselves.
10: And while the wise went to take legal advice, Richard Branson came; and the foolish GPs went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11: Afterward came also the wise GPs, saying, Lord Branson, Lord Branson, this looks like a case of you getting your foot into our door, making us wholly dependent upon thee and then taking us over completely.
12: But he answered, Verily I say unto you, I know you not but will soon be opening a competing New Surgery at a shopping centre near you so look in. And by the way I'm not a Lord (yet).
13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein Richard Branson cometh.
Here endeth the lesson.