Government vetoes fees rise as quality has cost too much
Dr Christopher Pelton believes health priorities are being distorted by politicians chasing the pensioners' vote.
Dr Pelton, a GP in Telford, Shropshire, argues the new GMS contract, and its emphasis on chronic disease, is 'skewed' towards the needs of older people.
Dr Pelton was left 'frustrated' after trying to refer a child to a psychiatrist and finding the wait was at least six months. Yet his Alzheimer's patients are seen in a week 'with a single phone call and no pressure'. His comments come as an editorial in this week's BMJ criticises the contract for sidelining child health.