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Appointment charges undermine principles of NHS, say GP leaders


RCGP statement: "It is true that GPs are struggling to deal with increasing demand whilst receiving a record low share of the NHS budget, but charging our patients for appointments is absolutely not the solution. What we need is more investment into general practice so that we can provide more services to our patients and the care that they need and deserve." RCGP can bleat on about government requests for increasing investment- it isn't going to happen! As far as "providing the services to our patients and the care they deserve"- there are too many worried well patients that need reassurance at the detriment of the sick- they show NO responsibility for anyone else but themselves! Where is the collective responsibility for the care of the vulnerable- it can't come just from GPs. The RCGP is deluded if it thinks that statements like this is actually going to help sustain NHS general practice. GPs have had enough and are leaving the profession and are not being replaced.

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07 May 2014

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