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GPs operating in an 'unforgiving climate of blame', says GPC leader in defiant speech


I am very sorry to read the posts of my fellow colleagues - your concerns are palpable. Anyone who has spent time in GP, knows how hard it has become now. As GPs, we've given from the very beginning and continued to give in very difficult circumstances. This situation cannot be sustained. The country, its people and the dedicated professionals within the NHS deserve better. That will only happen when we start to think and change. I have drawn up a list of things to do that may help. Please feel free to add to this:- 1) Take the NHS out of the current method of administration. Consider a cross party organisation to safeguard it. 2) Appoint a health secretary who, by definition of his/her role, must have significant healthcare experience. 3) Ensure people, especially in the roles above, have no vested interests. 4) Educate patients regarding the cost of healthcare and how it is funded. 5) Consider ways of tackling the inappropriate use of NHS resources. 6) Value General Practice. We, as GPs, are dedicated professionals, whose breadth of knowledge spans many areas. 7) Take a fresh look at funding and the allocation of money. We need to have these discussions. I have always thought British General Practice is something "extra special". I would like to think that I am not alone on this.

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22 Jun 2016

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