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GPs forced to undertake training in 'motivational interviewing'


This is fluffy nannying of the "we must do something, here is something, we must do it" sort. It's a waste of time and money. Patients will carry on wasting medicines for one simple reason - they aren't paying for them. If people had to pay a huge whack for every med, and no excuses for being unemployed or pensioner, they would either take the meds or they wouldn't keep getting them and srtockpiling them, they would stop asking for them. The problem is purely and simply the result of one policy - the free/subsidised prescription policy. Therefore no other intervention can affect its outcome, only a change to the policy that causes the problem will alter the outcome.

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13 Aug 2014

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