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Hunt to announce new 'rigorous' inspection regime for GP practices to improve patient care


I agree with both of the above. He is accepting that "they" have caused changes in general practice which are bad for patients and GPs. I for one would be delighted if he would steer the ship back to better waters. However, who are " they"? They are civil servants in the DOH and a certain gentleman called Nicholson. They are also the people who only last month forced a unilateral contract change which is the worst example of tick box culture we have ever seen. If he said " lets sit down together and discuss how we can improve things" perhaps we would get somewhere. After the contract imposition I am not hopeful. Add to this the requirement for " competition" and general practice is doomed. Competition for all services that private providers find profitable, imposition on the mugs for those that they don't. Patient choice for everyone except if it does not fit the imposed protocol, in which case blame your GP. There has to be accountability for the people who caused this mess, and it starts at the DOH. Where is their vigorous Inspection?

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21 May 2013

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