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Gerada to 'start dialogue' on GPs' independent contractor status in new NHS England role

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Thanks anonymous 10:52! Nicely analysed. Why are the governments itching to get rid of the traditional general practice? If we answer this question, we would find out if its for the best interest of the public or for the benefit of the 'private sector managers'. In traditional general practice, which I dare say is unique in the whole world, the GPs manage care; in the new model(s), we would be managed by the 'private sector' and hence the politicians in the background. It's a struggle for power over management. What will happen to the patients? People must take responsibility of their own health like in the US, and must buy sufficient insurance. The 'post-war' "socialistic" NHS system to provide free care for everyone (and obviously too expensive for any government), must be erased from the page of history anyway ... It's just the scenario that has been put together by all the leading parties in the UK. Very clever, no party is to be blamed by people, hence losing votes, but in fact it's the GPs to be blamed because they have failed to provide care in the same way they have done all these years. A good question to ask is "why now? Why us?" I have no criticism to Dr Gerada's views; I just think she needs to have a look around the different healthcare systems around the world to have a better idea of the route she is taking. There are plenty of examples of the system she is trying to design, it's not unique and not innovative. Integrated care after all is going to be managed by 'Family Doctors' who wouldn't be GPs in the sense they are now, ie with management skills and sufficient clinical and upfront involvement. Please Clare, wake up and see we are losing our heritage of 'post-war NHS'; it's not just a reform, but is a termination of a fair system of health provision for all, though not really free, but at least free at the point of delivery. And that is what makes a difference! I wouldn't accuse Clare, as a respectful colleague of mine, of being politically driven or of having interest in any of the suggested changes, but I shall urge her to think twice before allowing the politicians to picture a Eutopia for her and leave her alone with her vision, half way alone. God bless you all and God bless America!

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11 Sep 2013

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