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Labour pledges £100m to reintroduce 48-hour target to see GP


Theres a lot of comments here on Pulse of the dangers of big companies taking over Genral Practice. What we have to remember is what these companies stand for. Most will try and remain ethical and moral, but the main purpose of running a business is financial. For our 30,000 GP`s to suddenly become salaried is a massive expense. Most of us own our buildings. There is no "goodwill" clause in General Practice.If we were a partnership of lawyers, to be taken over by a nother firm would involve a payment for assets, i.e the building , fixtures/equipment, and also a price for the worth of the business. Genral praictice is exempt from that worth.( something I am sure someone could take to a body such as e.g. monopolys commision). That aside it would run into big monies to buy us all out. even if several went bankrupt. There is also the issue of the EWTD. 48 hrs a week max. Training up specialise nursing staff to deal with minor illness would be a massive undertaking. Whilst our practice nurses are excellant To have the depth and breath of knowledge of a Full time GP would require 3 to 4 nurses each specialising in different areas, together with the ability to cost cover. Even at 30 k per annum ( ours are paid a lot more due to their experiance) , 4 nurses would cost more than your average GP salary Taking general Practice and turning us all salaried semms to be the game the goverment is playing. The implications for patients are obvious, but the cost financially would be massive. Asking patients to pay a contribution would make sense, but every MP knows it would be political suicide, as their priority is reelection rather than governing in a cost efficective and moral manner. Our unions really need to get the point across that their is a reason Primary care has lasted this long in the UK. A knackered and middle career GP, whi is nervous about the future.

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20 May 2014

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