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UKIP calls for revalidation and CQC inspections to be halted

The A&E crisis could be eased by reducing the time GPs are having to spend on paperwork, according to UKIP.

The party said it would support reducing working to targets and box-ticking and suggested GP time should not be clogged up with doing appraisals, revalidation, CQC visits or attending CCG meetings.

In a statement, MEP and UKIP spokesperson on health Louise Boers blamed the Labour Party for the ‘tick-box data collection culture’, saying it was ‘no wonder’ some patients were having problems getting a GP appointment.

She also warned GPs work ‘11-13 hour days’ and any more work would lead to GPs getting sick or leaving the profession.

Ms Boers said: ‘Heading instead to A&E is not necessarily the best course of action but people worried about their health, particularly if elderly or with young children, understandably want to be seen sooner rather than later.

‘Just imagine how many more patients could be accommodated if GP’s (sic) across the country were freed from the data collection burden. Most GPs are working 11-13 hour days and simply cannot do any more and extra stress will just lead to them going off sick themselves or leaving the profession.

‘While the emergency crisis continues if GPs were absolved from doing any of the routine work such as attending clinical commissioning group meetings, chronic target-chasing, appraisal work, revalidation, CQC visits etc they could be freed up to see acute emergencies.’

However, Ms Boers also blamed immigration for the pressure A&E departments are facing. She said: ‘With nearly 250,000 new people coming into the country each year our health services are at breaking point and the impact of uncontrolled immigration must not be overlooked as contributing to the crisis.’

The current Government has announced plans to slap a 150% charge on non-EU patients accessing NHS treatment but the BMA has warned this may lead to doctors having to waste time acting as ‘border guards’.

Readers' comments (43)

  • Well done UKIP.
    Revalidation does not "pick up" crap GPs but rather burden all GPs in the misguided belief that it will detect some "rogue" Harold Shipman. There is NO EVIDENCE that it delivers.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Well, I was going to vote for them anyway- purely on the basis that my enemy's enemy is my friend. And Liebour and the Con-Dems are certainly my enemy!

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  • UKIP seemed to have hit the nail on the head this time. Im (un)pleasantly surprised.

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  • I'm guessing this only applies if you're a GP that can "speak English"?

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  • Anonymous 4.14pm
    Surely all GPs in UK should be able to "speak English".

    Perhaps patients should be expected to speak English to be able to register as an NHS patient, or pay for their own interpreters?!?!

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  • At last someone has been reading my blog!
    Please see:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jim-sherifi/set-my-doctors-free_b_6396454.html

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  • "while the emergency crisis continues"-QUOTE
    The removal of these impositions needs to be permanent. Dare our Leaders concur?

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  • Vinci Ho

    'Never die and stop until something astonishing is said' Chinese saying
    Opportunists
    Sincerity well doubted
    '..... darling, I am a nightmare dressed like a daydream,,,' Blank Space ; Taylor Swift
    Here is my blank vote, thank you

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    We've been here before with election promises...

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  • UKIP has hit the nail on the head here.

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  • amazing the first politician with insight

    this may be a route for UKIP to get mainstream respectability.. i'm thinking the unthinkable

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  • I believe they are the only political party who seem to understand the real problems that General practitioners have to deal with, Re validation does not improve the service to the patient nor does it make a Gp more knowledgeable or competent. the CQC inspection, patient participation groups,Surveys. These are all unnecessary bureaucratic time wasting the time which the GPs could spend dealing with real clinical issues.

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  • Usually UKIP hit the nail on their own head BUT for a difference have said something correct

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  • If all medics voted ukip (I can't believe I'm saying this as a non caucasian doctor), is there a chance they can make a dent into Whitehall? hmmmm

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  • Spot on UKIP. A lot of this nugatory activity (revalidation, CQC, performers lists, difficulties put in the path of returning GPs etc) which didn't exist twenty years ago it would be a start. There are a lot of recently retired GPs who would, if the regulatory / bureaucratic burden were less, would be available for locum work. Some GPs may even return from down under if all the cr..p with having to retake parts of MRCGP etc etc were removed.

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  • voted for them last election and will do again , the only party that talks common sense!

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  • How could any GP disagree with this.

    However all up and coming organisations do what ever is needed to get your vote. Then reality sets in......check out ISIL / IS / Al Quaeda / Pol Pot / Chairman Mao / Adolf....they all did the same to get your vote, then....

    Mind you what more could we lose, given the way we are treated by Condems, Labour

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  • Hallelujah! I will vote for any party even the Green Communists if they promise to sack the CQC and get it off our backs.

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  • An independent judge led public enquiry into the gross failure of healthcare regulation in this country and the shambles that is the GMC causing a catastrophy in the Medical profession would be most welcome.

    Apparently, UKIP also want to abolish the useless quangos the Deaneries.

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  • Positive words at last .... let's wait and see what the Elections bring and whether words will transform into actions.
    One would hope for the liquidation of a number of quangos run by grey eminencies who have shady or no backgrounds, are never elected but exist due to divine rights although UK is a democracy.

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  • they are only saying what we all think and on this point re cqc,and increased paperwork i would agree

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  • being an Img: I firstly agree that all GPs/health care professionals should speak English. I had to give IELTS exams to prove despite having studied in English speak school and country since birth. EU Drs do NOT have to adhere to similar standards and hence do not misguide what N Farage had said.
    secondly with the above: UKIP are definitely right.

    I had my re-validation last year. clogged >200 credits-just to show the level of studies and reflection we already do. the appraiser checked 60 and stopped. got revalidated without any concerns.
    I still have not received the answers to below from my appraiser:
    1. how many GPs are seriously dangerous and will they be able to catch any one of them via the system.
    2. cost vs benefits of going through revalidation. the money spent on appraisars, my time devoted to writing reflective essays : does it justify anything?

    30 patients seen yest, 4 visits, > 35 phone calls as was also duty dr. + path-results and hospital letters pending.

    well done UKIP for standing up for GPs.
    Thank you

    Dear Pulse Editor can you please pass my msg to the L Boers.

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  • Can you (by means of a glossary) give a working definition of the term "right wing" a) in the context of UK politics as a whole and b) the context of this article.You could begin: "A right-wing political party believes in 1...2...3...[insert political stances]" On the other hand you could just be using it as a short-hand pejorative.

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  • I will be voting UKIP, the only party with a positive message for GP land,also living in a Tory safe seat would like to give the incumbent over confident MP a scare(a lot of my patients seem to be supporting ukip)

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner | 07 January 2015 4:34pm

    "Perhaps patients should be expected to speak English to be able to register as an NHS patient, or pay for their own interpreters?!?!"


    I think you missed the sarcasm of my original post.

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  • Ah, what a 'good' idea - stop revalidation (demonstrating that knowledge and skills are being maintained to support delivery of a good standard of practice) and remove the need to attend those pesky meetings (oh, haven't a clue what's going on now) and fill out paperwork (should all be electronic extraction surely)

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  • Paradoxically, Dr Shipman was a much liked GP which just goes to show that you can have all the scrutiny in the world but if you are helpful, sincere and pleasent, you can get away with murder.

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  • "Demonstrating" being the operative word, ie just proving what we would be doing anyway (as professionals). As for the plethora of meetings and paperwork that have engulfed the profession in recent years, please consider that unless you are working as a GP, you are not really in a position to understand how much of it is necessary and how much is needless tedium detracting from time available for patients.

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  • I was thinking of voting for 'non of the above',but UKIP gets it now.

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  • Great, now I agree with something UKIP said. Am I turning into one of them? My life is over.

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  • Cathy Cook you have no idea. Don't comment on GP issues if you are not one.

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  • That seals my vote for UKIP in May - a refreshing dose of common sense

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  • Well done UKIP. Cut paperwork and tick boxes. I applaud this but how much money would be saved if we all did this Hospitals, Commissioners (who seem to think of success by producing the longest documents they can, and even the NHS England.
    Is it time to raise money by charging Hotel Charges in Hospitals, not for Healthcare but everyone has to pay for food and Laundry at home !!
    I am not a UKIP Voter but I applaud them for the most appropriate comment and measures so far. Well done.
    Perhaps all these comments should go to Downing street as a positive contribution.

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  • Well done UKIP! I'll definitely buy Nige a beer if I see him.......

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  • The coalition government have nearly destroyed General Practice following on from an unsupportive Labour Government.
    I think that we should do all we can to support UKIP who are the only party that gives any hope to our profession.
    I will be doing my best to make sure that the sitting MPs in the Southampton area are not re-elected.
    Bring on the revolution!
    Peter Goodall
    Southampton and New Forest

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  • I am doing 12-13 hours a day, and this is without the CQC preparations, appraisals etc. this is just seeing patients, visits and all the paper work what comes with it, like lab reports, patient notes, referrals, hospital letters. And this is all within the 12 hour day, so am I the only one who doesn't see any positives in UKIP's election speak? And does everyone conveniently forget that voting for UKIP is also voting against migration, multiculturalism and the benefits this has given England for so long?!

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  • I have retired from practice, but will happily return part-time for a few years if CQC inspections and Appraisal are withdrawn.

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  • Spot on

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  • You do not have to be a GP to have some insight into what works and what does not (to a previous anonymous comment). Sometimes, views of colleagues in other professions can see from the outside looking in. Views could be very insular otherwise.
    I am dismayed that the NMC have copied revalidation for nurses as in my observation and experience it clearly has not wheedled out one or two GPs I can think of. Showing examples of learning and passing extra qualifications appears to demonstrate nothing as to whether that professional bothers to apply it and has the right attitude.

    I am not likely to vote UKIP but I do not think they are anti immigration and anti mult-culturalism, just a better balance for a small overcrowded country. I have worked with some hospital doctors and GPs I cannot understand, and also been subjected to cultural oppression (and so has my Asian female friend) because we are women and also as nurses, by some, considered inferior. I suspect doctors may not experience this form of bullying, but as nurses we may see an alter side to some cultural behaviours that some dare not portray to others.
    More recently, I have had the pleasure of more recent GP trainees whose behaviour is respectful and more collaborative in their way of working and this has been a refreshing experience.

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  • Will hold my nose, cross my fingers and vote UKIP if they stick to this.

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  • 'My wife won't let me' vote for UKIP!

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  • To the nurse who thinks that doctors don't get bullied. How I laughed! When I was a junior doctor, I was treated dreadfully by young female nurses as was my very pretty friend. When I did the night rounds after endless days on call, I'd have the keys thrown at me and was told "get the IVs yourself, you're paid more than me". The young male doctors on the other hand were met with coffee and all the IV drugs laid out neatly on trays. Funnily enough when I married and got pregnant all those ridiculous night calls to write up paracetamol or change the n.Saline written up by the anaesthetist to 0.9% saline (or the nurses wouldn't give it) dried up completely and the work load and lack of sleep halved.

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  • I too would love to come back as a locum or part time GP and would do so if they remove revalidation and the hoops I would have to jump through to get back on the local performers list. (or whatever it's called now).
    I was told I'd have to have a medical, then an exam, then do six months to a year full time as a supervised assistant in a teaching practice. Come on! I only want to do a session or two a week. I'm only 51. What a waste. Why can't they trust the senior partner to assess whether I'm safe and competent?
    I lose my licence next week.

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