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CCG ditches seven-day working scheme after GP opposition


CCG's have to be aware that as a membership organisation recall of the board is indeed possible. Primary care general practice has been the golden goose in terms of delivering outputs with an efficiency far greater than any other providor for a given financial input. This efficiency is the reason for the " shift to community" in national policy. The learning lesson from the Wirral expereince is that the capacity to cross subsidise is long bled out of the GP primary care system- practices are going to the wall financially, having extended individuals working inputs to "beyond sustainable" in the core job. if this scheme is desirable it needs to be appropriately costed, have a sustainable and sufficiently long contract to allow recruitment of additional workforce which meets the extra costs with "new" money. A 12 hour working day with the additional 4 hours of "take home paperwork" is a 16 hour day 7 days a week. This was achieved in a few state models of provision historically, ( I G Faben's Monowitz model). I would not personally consider the model desirable for the United Kingdom.

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06 Jun 2014

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