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What do you think of the 'new deal' for GPs?

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Readers' comments (49)

  • Whatever it is it will be too little misdirected and too late. The Partnership Model will be gone in 3 years, the cost of delivering Primary Care will increase, the bond markets will wake up to the fact that the country is broke and stop lending, the 50 somethings will opt out of the pension scheme and reduce their hours. With the increased costs of Primary Care, the increased costs of hi tech medicine and and ageing population the free at the point of care NHS will slowly and irrevocably topple. Its not the fault of the politicians the public or the professionals. Its economics and reality. On the positive side, if you happen to be in the profession at least you will get your health care cheap.

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  • Why did they waste their time coming up with this big steaming pile,it hasnt addressed any of the issues on this sinking ship we are on.The violins keep on playing,the deck chairs shuffled once more.Hey ho another 11 hrs of lovliness awaits!

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  • bag o sh*te

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  • I have worked for 25 years in the NHS, the last 15 as a GP and now seriously think it is time to work on my exit plan...

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  • This does not address the problems facing General Practice, which in the main revolve around an unsustainable workload, although there are also a significant number of major issues to resolve.
    This is very simply, a political announcement, for Public consumption, superficial in depth and content which makes little or no effort to resolve the underlying problems

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  • The government's 'New Deal' will have one effect only. You won't be able to get a GP appointment, seven days a week. Because there won't be any GPs left.

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  • This "New Deal" is a poorly-thought-out politician's response to a dire situation. £10 million to struggling practices is peanuts - and so all you will get is monkeys for it. If he does not make General Practice more attractive to doctors as a whole (and that will require sums an order of magnitude larger than what he is offering), then all this sum will do is shift the pain around. The practices who get the money may be able to attract more doctors - but it will be at the cost of more pain for those who do not get any money.

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  • How is it that so many GPs have the time to post on this thread, during a normal working day?

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  • That was actually WORSE than I thought it could possibly be, and I wasn't optimistic beforehand.
    "This is what WE want to do, but we can't do it because we're the bosses not the slaves, so you 'orrible lot had better step up to the plate and bloody well DO it."
    "We're going to collect more statistics."
    And I love his parting shot about where the buck stops. I am really, really relishing the thought that all my patients with social and personal problems will be empowered to come into my surgery yammering, "The buck stops with YOU, so you'd better get everything sorted out for me."

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  • A lot of them are timed at 2am - probably catching up with paperwork !

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