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An exodus of partners will alienate young GPs and locums


The public have no idea of the instability that is about to be unleashed on the NHS by the attack on primary care. Recruitment to partnerships is plummeting; I watch really bright and dedicated colleagues being daily battered by this tidal wave of beurocracy, the increase in unreasonable aggresive demands from patients spurred on by the Daily Mail in their unrelenting anti-GP campaign. Attacked for over-prescribing antibiotics, aggresively complained about by patients when you resist...the same could apply to sick notes, sleeping tablets, home visits.... the list goes on. We have to jump to the demands of the selfish now while the decent patients fall back in priority. I suspect the destruction is part of a plan - essentially to corporatise primary care the way dentistry went. However the huge miscalculation is to underestimate the complexity of primary care and this will not work - I'm certain they don't realise this. Britain faces the collapse of primary care in many areas starting with the high demand poorer areas. The knock on effects on hospitals will be horrendous and I suspect will cause collapse in many secondary care services. It looks like a whole generation of medical students have been put off primary care. A majority of GPs I know are actively planning an exit... this is the end of primary care as we know it. We will only realise too late the reality of how much good work was happening in primary care before the onslaught.

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19 Apr 2013

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