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Daylight robbery

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The Government, wearing a tricorn hat and sporting a flint handled pistol, has announced that further cost savings are needed.

We caught up with him in a candle-lit tavern and asked him to justify his latest proposal.

‘We live in dark times sir,’ he whispered. ‘I have little coin, barely enough to mend my breeches and the shadowy turnpikes have left my horse unshod and unfed.’

After licking the cruel purple scar at the corner of his mouth he continued: ‘The coffers need to be revived and I have vowed that those well-healed professionals with their silks and fancy carriages shall take the brunt of it. I have said before and I shall say again sir, I shall have my way with them.’

And then he began to laugh hysterically, for a period of time which can only be described as awkward.

In response to The Profession’s concern that this is just daylight robbery, our knight of the road replied: ‘I shall clap a bayonet to your breast sir if you persist with such ungodly whimsy. Now if you excuse me I have to ride down the highway of Bagshot scaring the bejesus out of the locals.’ 

Dr Kevin Hinkley is a GP in Aberdeen

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  • I think that you'll find that it's a "flintlock" pistol Kevin. A flint handled pistol would be rather uncomfortable. Must saddle up and dash now before the CQC riders string me up on a gibbet.

    Yours pedantically,
    Dr. D. Turpin

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  • "Further cost savings" would be made if primary care and secondary care were singing from the same hymn book on chargeability of overseas visitors. To continue with GPs being able to register anyone from the world over is madness. The old chestnut about "public health" is disingenuous (since treatment is free anyway) when so many overseas visitors can and do obtain free primary care, and often go on to access expensive secondary care free too. If an overseas visitor is chargeable but the Trust concerned does not think they will get paid, it is too easy to charge the CCG instead of pursuing the debt. After the revelations of fraud in the NHS on Panorama, it is time for a similar programme on health tourism. Radical reform is needed if the NHS is to survive.

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