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GP practice facing closure rescued by £100k bailout from NHS England


I suspect this is the future of primary care over the next year - stress everyone completely in the name of saving money, then when various bits fail, throw large amounts of money at them. It will become a very expensive way to run the NHS - far less efficient, and vastly more expensive than configuring and paying for it correctly in the first place. The parallel is with staff in the hospitals - pay too little for the demands made upon them, then have to pay through the nose for locum cover at the weekends. If the money had been spent on providing a better salary to everyone, there wouldn't have been such a need for locums. This is 'sticking plaster' health economics - it will generate inequalities, instability, uncertainty - and will certainly interrupt decent health planning and continuity of care.

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01 Nov 2014

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