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Burnham: Labour would halt practice funding cuts

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The mathematics are quite stark. MPIG was there "in perpetuity" to prevent practices with low Carr-Hill factors having to close. The work of general practice is much more subtle than any algorithm of mortality, morbidity and age-sex spread. The government has removed the in perpetuity promise and has reneged on a fairly negotiated pension deal agreed with the profession and imposed a punitive deal which specifically disadvantages principals in general practice. They then wonder why those who can retire early do retire early in the face of increasing pension contributions and declining income. It is not motivating to have a pay cut of 20% in cash terms and be expected to work ever harder while being constantly criticised for failure to diagnose cancers at the first visit (inter alia). The bottom line is that if you cut resources from 11% of the NHS spend to 7.5% of the NHS spend and expect ever better service, you will be disappointed. So - a message to all politicians as the conference season approaches: *Stop fiddling round the edges. *Fund general practice properly. *Make GPs feel valued as the best-value and highest skilled generalists in the world. Then you can start moving services into "the community" whatever that is and gain overall saving in NHS costs.

Posted date

15 Sep 2014

Posted time

12:08pm

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