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GPs face long wait until retirement as review omits them from age-related 'risk' list

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I would love to have a local private GP who could afford spend some time with me if and when I needed it. I suspect that quite a large proportion of the population that has gradually been weaned off the "free at the point of care" by dental charges, prescription charges, spectacles, physiotherapy etc etc. The trouble is that the population of GB, the politicians and I suspect many of us still agree with Aneurin Bevan that "The collective principle asserts that... no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means" However none of us can agree on what is the definition of a sick person - but if the state is going to fund care for sick people there needs to be a much tighter definition of what a sick person is. David Owen made a stab at it many years ago when Minster of Health and knew that the state could not pay for all health care. We have not made great progress since then. I loved my time in practice but would have felt like most of you and most of my colleagues who were and are working on DoH terms if I had been working under them. Ater all that you have put into your training and careers you need to be masters of your own destiny. Try private practice - you will probably be poorer ( I understand that most private dental practitioners earn less than their NHS colleagues) but you will enjoy your hard working day and want to use your immense skills for many more years - I retired at 72 regretfully - I was still enjoying looking after people.

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05 Mar 2014

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9:12pm

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