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GPs should be paid on proportion of appointments they provide, says Conservative health group

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GP's are paid to care for patients ,if they cannot meet the demand for appointments they should be forced to close their books immediately. So many GP's earn extra money by providing other services e.g. 'minor ops' at the expense of appointment slots, because they get paid more for that service. They need to decide what their role is and look after the patients on their general register. Triage by phone is clearly a barrier to appointments, GP's decide if they want to see patients and often miss crucial symptoms because they cannot see the patient. Every examination starts with a visual check which cannot be done by phone. some folk can't hear well, some have difficulty explaining their symptoms, but as long as GP's can find an excuse not to see you, they think that is fine. GP;'s will lose the support of their patients which is why they are in the mess they are in today. I no longer care what happens to my GP because he no longer cares about my health. I don't want or need my GP to work 7 days a week, folk that work are entitled to time off to see a doctor and using SKYPE is not a secure environment to discuss personal / sensitive issues. I want my GP to look after the patients on its books, to close its books when it cannot meet demand and most of all, to offer me choice re which doctors is allowed to care for me, patient choice is vital. Just because somebody trains as a GP doesn't mean they are trustworthy, so allocating a doctor is just not good enough. The BMA needs to do something about the 900 doctors with criminal records, including sexual abuse before they can expect us to trust them all.

Posted date

02 Oct 2013

Posted time

9:08pm

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