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Listen again: Jeremy Hunt announces the 'new deal' for GPs

Listen to the health secretary announce his plans to reduce the pressure on GPs

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Readers' comments (58)

  • I am 38 years old. I have just been offered a position as a private GP.
    This was the push that I needed.

    I will be cutting down my NHS commitment to 3 days per week from September.
    That will be 5000.5 new FTE he will need to find.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Watch the body language.
    Reading a script.
    Does he really believe in the words he is saying?
    He has to deliver this speech to serve his boss anyway.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Folks,do you believe in 'peace making'???

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  • I have 15 years to go and have completed my postgraduate diploma to undertake GP training -I am simply making progressive arrangements to leave general practice. It is not just GPs nearing retirement INTENDING to leave .
    Patient expectations are not addressed.
    Risk associated with taking responsibility for all these lower qualified staff eg Nurse practitioners , physician assistants will not be addressed .
    The use of these lower grades will add to stress and not relieve stress.
    The medico legal 'free for all' seen by all solicitors will not be addressed .
    Nice start for speech for benefits of public who do not know frontline situation -however clear stress will get worse.
    Certainly this will be another full time GP intending on leaving the NHS

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  • Vinci Ho

    So the definition of 7 days of GP practice opening should be clearer!

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  • Technology only beneficial when there are sufficient staff to interpret these options -otherwise will increase risk to GPs

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  • Pharmacisst have been used in past -when it gets too much they relinquish this role and work falls back on GP

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  • Vinci Ho

    Don't drag 'god' into this,agent Hunt!

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  • Minimum staffing levels for practices listed.
    Interesting development.
    What if some practices have lots of GP`s on the list but are extremely part time or have meeting commitments!

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  • Hunt is a robot whose base language is Orwellian Doublespeak.

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