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Jeremy Hunt talking perfect sense? Oh hang on

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Jeremy Hunt’s plan - at least according to the DH twitter feed - to release GP time to support urgent care services by extending the QOF reporting period until April makes perfect sense. At least, it does for the nanosecond it takes your neurotransmitters to process the idea. At which point you think, hang on, the QOF deadline already is April, and this will just stack up QOF work down the line, it will delay QOF payment and disrupt cashflow, GPs aren’t the default cavalry whose core work is so disposable that we can prop up an ailing NHS according to political whim, and how exactly will extending a QOF deadline actually enable me to ‘support urgent care services’ anyway, and hang on again, I support urgent care services already, don’t I, and so on, until you realise you’re frothing at the mouth and looking a bit mental.

So, in fact, it makes no sense at all. And if, in fact, he meant to say something that, somehow, did make slightly more sense, you can bet that whatever level of sense it conveyed would never, ever attain the status of ‘sensible’.

Unlike, I have to say, our college chair. It’s not often that I doff my cap to the RCGP, but if I had one, that’s what I’d be doing. Because Dr Stokes-Lampard’s response to the latest NHS furore is to propose a temporary suspension of GP appraisal and CQC inspections. Spot on. Except you could replace the words ‘temporary’ and ‘suspension’ with ‘permanent’ and ‘ditching’ and, actually, I’d like the resulting space and time to help me cope with the absurd pressures of my existing job rather than another one involving putting sticking plasters on a haemorrhaging NHS. Besides, isn’t that what the Red Cross is for?

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield

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  • Having met our fantastic Chair Lady yesterday at the RCGP, I whole heartedly support your cap doffing. She has her finger on the pulse and a clear knowledge of what is happening in General Practice across the country. A great representative for us as a profession.

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  • @12.04 - there has definitely been a tonal shift in the press releases and communications with the media since she's taken over - talks with a welcome candor that's been sorely lacking.

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  • Now Dr Copperfield? I am sure you are a membe of Resilient Gp on Facebook. I know ...social media! But Pulse as been described as the GPs daily mail. Unforgivable, much prefer thevSun!
    Ceremy Junt uses every tactic available to appea helpful and listening to the masses. In fact, no one respects or listens to him.. Those raisin blank eyes that peer through souls, that obligatory , grinning, sympathetic yet gawky and insincere look... Everyday I suggest, we look in the mirror, thank our lucky stars we do not look like him, nor are as indeed, underhand, conniving, norlying as that little toad . Had the misery to hear him speak at the Birmingham conference. A weasel who was to afraid to accept questions from the audience. Scared little mouse then weren't you? Your actions speak volumes, unlike the drivel which you spew...

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  • If Jezza is the best this country can produce to be Health Minister then the situation is probably beyond salvaging.He and that mildly kyphotic yet remarkably ineffectual gannet-like excuse for a politician Mrs May make a right pair.

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder