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GP leaders to vote on whether to support patient charges for appointments

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In reply to some of the above: To stop A+E becoming overburdened A+E minors should attract a higher charge than a GP. A properly funded GP could take on much more minor injury work. GPs are reaching a point where the option is to close shop or introduce realistic funding. It doesn't matter at this stage what the public think because we have a moral responsibility to ensure the system is stabilized unlike the politicians who are just trying to get voted back in. Of douse GPs currently have no authority to bring in charges, but as a group we could force the end of the GMS contract. The government would be left with no choice but to allow us to operate in a real market rather than the present abusive monopoly employer situation. The cost of a consultation needs to be set at what encourages those on median incomes to consider if their use of the service is sensible. We should offer concessionary rates and reduce the cost of medicines for long term conditions which cost more if not managed appropriately. It is absolutely up to the doctors to have some input into the process of their payment because they are the ones offering their skills and labor, this is the same way the rest of the workforce operates. You cannot compare St Lucia to the UK as they are chalk and cheese. A fair comparison would be any European or Antiopdean nation and they all have some up front charges. It is fairly obvious that GPs could bring in charges even if this requires a change in the law - the dentists have already provided the model for this. We have to start the funding debate somewhere in a country with £1trillion debt and a demographic crisis. The LMC are getting the ball rolling. The current politicians refusal to consider alternatives is dishonest and likely to hurt more people if the NHS collapses into a disorderly mess.

Posted date

06 May 2014

Posted time

11:29pm

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