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GP practice taken over by trust to ensure its survival

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Maybe, just maybe, this is a little bit of payback for the (let's be brutally honest) many GPs who have used the 'independent' label to avoid cooperating with areas such as prescribing reduction schemes, referral reductions and such like in the face of rising and unsustainable costs - because if you are employed then you have to abide by the rules of your employer. For example, the argument that 'it's my clinical judgement' surely isn't good enough to justify branded / specials prescribing when it has been shown there is other cost effective, efficatious alternatives. Don't misunderstand me - I am not in favour of any of the current impositions on general practice or the perilous state many practices are finding themselves in - it is, after all, my livelihood too - but a little soul searching undertaken within an LMC meeting recently seemed to bring about a recognition at least that GPs are a difficult group to work with and even more so when looking to reach agreement on more standardised patterns of working. A single profession surely cannot sustain such variable levels of practice and expect to be left to carry on like that - can it ??

Posted date

21 Jul 2016

Posted time

3:09pm

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