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New GP models of care to cover half of all patients by 2020, says DH


(1) This is simply the rubber-stamping from Ministry of Truth. We have a Chinese saying in Hong Kong :' already have got the hair wet' which means there is no turning back as far as this government is concerned , no matter how rediculous , far-fetching and impossible this mission is . The bubble has been blown up so much. (2) From an objective angle of view , these politicians really need to think about how 'vulnerable' this project can turn out to be. The relationship between the government and medical professionals in this country is at all time low. Yes, you may have some Cameron/Hunt sympathisers but they are of minority at this current time. May be the number will increase by offering some financial incentive which is always the tool of typical economists. But there is a lot of unhappiness . (3) The temperature of unrest is rising at the moment : you have a health secretary who is carrying more than 220,000 votes demanding him to quit . The junior doctors are yet to determine their destiny with a 'Mexican Stand-off' against the government . The head of the regulatory authority has caused so much rage amongst GPs that even the Royal College and BMA dare not hesitate to go for his scalp. There is no peace in GP land and the young generation of doctors have poor impression of this government on how to handle NHS. (3) Poor Simon Stevens is trying to play the 'Messiah' but even deep down , he knows how hard and dire this situation is especially this project is truly contradicted by Osbourne's reckless obsession of reaching economic surplus by 2020 with the willingness to sacrifice all public services. I see some similarities between Stevens and Mark Carney , governor of Bank of England . The latter is really stuck as US federal government is now to raise interest rate and UK will be dragged into it ,but the average household spending power is in fact going down and down, hence poor rise in inflation to sustain a rise in interest rate. Thanks to the Chancellor, of course, who is only interested in large scale construction of infrastructures.The sound of hypocrisy is ringing everywhere . (4) The worst scenario of any government is losing the support of common people. It was funny when I talked to a best friend in London( he always vote for Tory) shortly after the general election , he said some of his colleagues were embarrassed to tell others they had voted for the conservatives. I suppose they had casted their votes with tears in their eyes? The most interesting irony is even their own ministers were turning against the cabinet. The calamity of building a third runway in Heathrow was catalysed when their London Mayor wannabe youngster literally 'put a gun' on Cameron's head blackmailing with a resignation. John Major's high profile objection of cutting the tax credit from backbench could not be ignored even by Osbourne. (5) Perhaps there is still some distance before becoming a 'lame-duck' government , our common enemy is showing 'cracks' everywhere and every inch of this battle is worth fighting , my comrades .......

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18 Dec 2015

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