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Nuclear option: Rise in practices seeking to close or merge

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Frankly it is a scandal & unfair for the patients in the long term. Let us do some calculations: if A practice with 3000 patients is forced to close down due to present chaos. Neighbouring practices are given incentive of £25.00 per patient , in this case £ 75000.00 as a one off payment. This is to create a kind of greed culture among the group practices & they would be tempted to accept these patients. After few months , these group practices will feel the heat of extra work & the poor salary Gps will have to put up with it & in the long term will affect the patient care. Single or two doctor practice were backbone of General practice & used to serve the community within the populations for so many decades. Their staff were patient friendly & wouldn't be restrained by the rediculous 10 minute appointment slots & so on. Having worked in General Practice for over 30 years , I am deeply saddened to see the destruction of this noble profession. Both Gps & Patients are so so unhappy & the clinicians are at low time low in their morale. Otherwise why on earth Gps as young as 55 years are deciding to quite General Practuce & are openly saying that they don't want to work to their death. I retired at the age of 62 in March 2013 due to severe stress & was lucky to detect stress related cardiac problem. Reading the comments of my Colleagues , My heart goes for them as there don't seem to be any feasible solution in the near future. Our political parties are playing politics as usual with nations precious treasure GENEAL PRACTICE & I hope that the British electorate take them to account on May the 7th 2015.

Posted date

07 Mar 2015

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6:06am

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