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Stephen Dorrell: 'Patients want care today, not when we have developed a new Utopia'

Watch The Big Interview with Mr Stephen Dorrell, chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, on balancing competition with integration, the importance of GP engagement with CCGs and the role of local government in the new NHS

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  • And this comes on a day when the government is spending millions on a funeral of one woman, whilst the cash strapped NHS is being asked to make "efficiency savings" (no it's not saving made by becoming effective, it's saving made by reducing costly services).

    If the government wishes to provide care today, I suggest they provide the resources to enable this, rather than blaming the medical community.

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  • Just to remind everyone not only do GPs have to
    1. Learn commissioning
    2. Keep within budgets
    3. Reduce A&E Attendances
    4. Reduce referalls
    5. Keep care in the community
    6. Proactive patient care plans
    7. Reduce spending on Medicines
    8 Do other many QUIPP activities
    9. To oversee hospital performances
    10. To implement over 200 policies for CQC

    Is all this possible without extra funding as QOF is also being reduced.
    Is the goverment trying to break the very profession who is working so hard to bring about the changed they want. The least they could do is take the CQC and throw it out of the window. Perhaps we we will willingly do everything else.

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