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GP practice paid to divert lonely patients to charities


I think that this and many other issues have existed for years however GP’s haven’t been forced to address them until now. The reason for their now having to be addressed is due to the lack of money and resources in primary care which is trying to improve efficiency to keep heads above water. Therein lies the catch 22. The lack of money is creating the need to address these issues but there's no money with which to do so. GP's aren’t wrong to complain but the NHS can only spend what it has to spend. The issue is essentially prioritisation and the only way that can be achieved effectively is for everyone to work together. That was the idea behind CCGs but it isn’t working because they do not have the freedom to commission in a way that would enable this to be achieved. I was recently approached by a GP in my area asking about redundancy costs for his staff because he thought the practice would be folding in 12 months. If I told you what area that is you probably wouldn’t believe it! I really believe that the government simply has its head in the sand over this and believe that GP’s are crying wolf. I don’t believe there’s a big privatisation plan, I simply think that the government is ignorant and going to look pretty foolish when there is no primary care in 18 months’ time!

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17 Jul 2014

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