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'The GPs who don't even know your name'? These patients would beg to differ...


Anonymous 2.05 - I don't think you have understood what I was saying at all. I certainly would not dream of having a say in how our practice should recruit its medical workforce. However, at the PPG the partnered doctors explained to us what they were doing re the recruitment of salaried doctors and they told us how they felt this would improve continuity of care for patients as opposed to taking on partners instead. As a consequence of this policy, continuity of care has got worse, and, as I explained, there has been a huge turnover in salaried doctors and so the doctors don't know the patients' names and the patients don't know the doctors. The purpose of writing in this thread was that the editor had asked "What’s your experience of your GP? Tell us in the comment section below...." So I did ! I doubt there are many 'patients' who read Pulse which is why no other patient has joined this thread. As to being lucky to get a free GP service - I was not aware that our GP service was free. We pay taxes and the cost of our GP service is paid out of our taxes. I, for one, would be more than happy to pay the GP a nominal sum as we do when we see an NHS dentist - that way a symbolic contract is set up between doctor and patient at the start of a consultation saying, in effect, to the doctor "I am paying you so you must therefore treat me to the best of your ability". I think it would be very difficult to get this kind of system set up in the UK, but there's no problem with it in France where patients pay something like €20 to see their GP.

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23 May 2013

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