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Patients don't know what's good for them

I’ve seen the future. We’ll have to compete for patients if we are going to maintain our income. PCT’s have even been ordered to encourage patients to shop around and switch from GP to GP.

By Copperfield

I've seen the future. We'll have to compete for patients if we are going to maintain our income. PCT's have even been ordered to encourage patients to shop around and switch from GP to GP.

The DoH says it will improve standards in underperforming areas. In areas where standards are already high it will maintain them, by separating patients from their medical records for weeks on end and removing the continuity that good Primary Care provides. Don't worry, it'll make perfect sense when you see it written down.

GPs know why patients want to move from one practice to another. Because they're invariably asking for something they want but don't need and have had their ridiculous demands knocked back. But they're determined to get a prescription, a referral or a brain scan. They want it now and they want it for nothing. They know their rights. And we also know what they really need but don't want, something involving a good kicking and a few zaps from a Taser.

But the way forward in future will be to give the public what they want, not what they need or are entitled to. Popular GPs with thousands of punters on their books will be the rich, happy ones. And every GP knows the quickest way to score Brownie Points on the Go Compare My Great Doctor's Great Care in the Supermarket web sites is to over prescribe, over investigate and refer anything and everything that hasn't got better in a week.

So come one, come all – for this week only, a guaranteed MRI scan for every new registration. Terms and conditions do not apply.

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